A new poll released Monday shows Vermont Senator and self-described Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders taking the lead among potential presidential nominees; topping former Vice President Joe Biden for the first time.
According to Emerson Polling, Sanders was the preferred pick by 29% of likely Democrat voters; followed by former Vice President Biden at 24% and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 9%.
Rounding out the top five were Beto O’Rourke and Sen. Kamala Harris at 8% each.
“While still early in the nominating process, it looks like Mayor Pete is the candidate capturing voters’ imagination; the numbers had him at 0% in mid-February, 3% in March and now at 9% in April,” adds the report.
“Biden has seen his support drop. In February, he led Sanders 27% to 17%, and in March the two were tied at 26%. Now, Sanders has a 5 point lead, 29% to 24%,” says the survey.
Read the full poll here.