Weeks before the 2018 mid-term elections and two years out from the 2020 presidential race, a survey conducted by CNN/SSRS has revealed former Vice President Joe Biden opening a wide lead among likely Democratic presidential candidates.
As reported by CNN on Sunday, Mr. Biden is emerging as a clear, early front-runner favored by one-third of Democratic or independent voters to take on President Trump.
A commanding lead over other unannounced Democratic hopefuls, Biden holds an impressive 20-point advantage over potential rivals for the Oval Office.
Following Biden, in second place, is Bernie Sanders with 13 percent; California’s Kamala Harris came in next with nine percent, followed by Elizabeth Warren at eight percent and New Jersey’s Cory Booker with five percent.
Trailing behind Booker, the remaining field of 11 potential challengers all drew less than six percent. The CNN poll also disclosed two percent of those surveyed sought an alternative candidate; two percent said none of the candidates were attractive; and six percent had no opinion.
Although candidates included in the survey did not comment, in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Sen. Sanders deflected questions over the poll, preferring to emphasize the gravity of the approaching mid-terms.
Sanders later declined to say whether he would seek the Democratic nomination in 2020.
Biden, who served as a senator from Delaware from 1973 until 2009, has spent his time after leaving the vice presidency campaigning for Democratic candidates and addressing public policy forums.
Often mentioned as a presidential candidate in 2020, a movement to draft Biden, “Time for Biden”, was created in early 2018, but is not affiliated with the former vice president.
For his part, Biden has repeatedly declined to reveal his plans for the 2020 election, preferring to say only he would declare his intentions for office prior to January 2019.
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