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Joe Biden Starts Out With Lead Over Large Democratic Primary Field in Florida

June 18, 2019 - 3:30pm
Joe Biden
Joe Biden

With twenty Democratic presidential candidates getting ready to square off in two debates in Miami later this month, a new poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden starts off ahead of the large pack of primary candidates in Florida. 

Quinnipiac University released a poll on Tuesday looking at the Democratic presidential primary in Florida which shows Biden out front with 41 percent as the crowded field starts the long march to the primary on March 17. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., places second with 14 percent and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right behind him with 12 percent. 

"Vice President Biden is the big winner in this poll. He leads the Democratic pack by a considerable margin,” said Peter Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "Biden's 41 percent share of the Democratic primary vote is three times that of the second place contender, Sen. Sanders." 

No other candidate breaks double digits. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg places fourth with 8 percent followed by U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., with 6 percent. 

Other candidates are even further behind as U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Tex., each take 1 percent. 

Sixteen other Democratic hopefuls--U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado. Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, former U.S. HHS Sec. Julian Castro,  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former U.S. Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, U.S. Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand of New York, former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel of Alaska, former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado,  Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington, Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, writer Marianne Williamson and businessman Andrew Yang--each pull less than one-half of one percent. 

The poll of 417 registered Democrats in Florida was taken from June 12 through June 17 and had a margin of error of +/- 5.8 percent. 

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