Bi­den to lead 2020 Demo­cratic race for White House: Poll

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WASH­ING­TON For­mer US vi­cepres­i­dent Joe Bi­den is the early leader for the 2020 Demo­cratic Party nom­i­na­tion, a Reuters/Ip­sos Elec­tion Day opin­ion poll found, in a field likely to quickly take shape as can­di­dates seek to chal­lenge Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Mr Bi­den re­ceived 29 per cent of the sup­port.

Sen­a­tor Bernie San­ders of Ver­mont, an in­de­pen­dent who made an un­suc­cess­ful run for the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion in 2016, fin­ished sec­ond in the hy­po­thet­i­cal field with 22 per cent. The rest of the poll was tied be­tween Sen­a­tors Cory Booker of New Jer­sey, El­iz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts and Ka­mala Har­ris of Cal­i­for­nia. All of the Democrats fared well in a pop­u­lar vote hy­po­thet­i­cal match-up against Trump.

The poll found Mr Bi­den scored best hy­po­thet­i­cally, beat­ing Mr Trump 51 per cent to 39 per cent in the pop­u­lar vote.

The poll found Mr San­ders, Mr Booker and Ms Har­ris would also de­feat Mr Trump na­tion­ally if the elec­tion were held to­day.

Mr Trump did the best against Mr Booker, los­ing by only 4 per­cent­age points in the hy­po­thet­i­cal pop­u­lar vote.

Opin­ion polls at this early a stage tend to be largely dom­i­nated by those with the most wide­spread name recog­ni­tion.

On the Repub­li­can side, 65 per cent of Tues­day’s midterm vot­ers said they would renom­i­nate Mr Trump to rep­re­sent their party.

An­other 11 per cent said they would pre­fer Vice-Pres­i­dent Mike Pence and 12 per cent said they did not know who should be the nom­i­nee. – REUTERS

PHOTO: AFP

For­mer US vice-pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den.

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