A new poll of Iowa, New Hampshire & South Carolina Democratic primary voters reveals that erstwhile leading candidates Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) lag far behind numerous other candidates.
The Firehouse-Optimus poll found that in Iowa, Harris garnered only 4.9% of the vote, with O’Rourke trailing her at 2.7%. The two candidates fell far behind former Vice President Joe Biden, at 34.9%, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at 13.7%, Pete Buttigieg, at 11.4%, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, with 10.4%.
In New Hampshire, Biden got 34.%, Sanders 15.5%, Buttigieg 9.7%, Warren 9.1%. Harris 7.0%, and O’Rourke 3.0%. In South Carolina, Biden garnered 48.3%, Sanders 11.9%, Buttigieg 5.2%, Warren 4.5%. Harris 4.3%, and O’Rourke 1.2%.
The Daily Wire reported in early April, “O’Rourke’s fundraising began with a bang; the candidate, who had never before launched a national campaign, raised $6.1 million in under 24 hours, besting a previous record set by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). But unlike Sanders, O’Rourke’s numbers haven’t gone up since he announced his interest in the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, and according to Politico, he’s mired in the middle of the pack, competing against only second-string candidates.”
By the end of April Biden was cementing his lead; The Daily Wire reported:
A CNN poll released Tuesday morning shows Biden with a commanding lead over the field, jumping 11 points from his previous position to 39% support among likely Democratic primary voters. Sanders, who was in the low 20s in the last poll, fell to 15%.No other candidate cracked the double digits — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the next top vote-getter, received a miserable 8%, followed by South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 7% — giving Biden an easy 30-point lead over most of the field.
A second poll, from Morning Consult, shows Biden with a six-point bounce from when he made his official announcement last week, putting him a comfortable 14 points ahead of Bernie Sanders, 36-22, and, again, well ahead of the rest of the field.
Yet last week, The Hill reported that a new poll found O’Rourke did the best against President Trump mano a mano:
Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) leads President Trump by 10 points in a hypothetical general election matchup, according to a new CNN–SSRS poll.The survey released Thursday shows O’Rourke with support from 52 percent of registered voters, compared with Trump’s 42 percent. Two percent of voters said they wouldn’t support either candidate, and 4 percent said they had no opinion.
O’Rourke held the widest lead over Trump among other Democratic presidential candidates who were included in the potential matchup.Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden tied for second place behind O’Rourke, with each leading Trump by 6 points. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) followed with a 4-point lead over Trump, while South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) led the president by 3 points.