New poll shows Joe Biden surging in Democratic field

Joe Biden is surging among Democratic presidential contenders with 38 percent of the vote – and 56 percent of Democrat-leaning voters believe he has the best shot of beating President Trump in the 2020 election, according to a national poll released Tuesday.

Biden, who entered the race last week and held his first campaign rally in Pittsburgh on Monday, is outpacing Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s 12 percent, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 11 percent and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s 10 percent, the Quinnipiac University poll showed.

Following were Sen. Kamala Harris of California with 8 percent and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke with 5 percent.

None of the other Democratic nominees got more than 2 percent in the poll.

A Quinnipiac poll from March 28 showed Biden at 29 percent, Sanders with 19 percent and O’Rourke at 12 percent.

Along with a majority believing he has the best shot to unseat Trump, 44 percent said Biden would be the best leader and 23 percent think he has the best policy ideas.

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