Former vice president Joe Biden still leads the pack of Democratic contenders for their party’s nomination in a new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll of likely Iowa caucus participants, but Biden’s opponents are also gaining ground.
Twenty-four percent of respondents said they support Biden, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) comes in second with 16 percent. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg clocked in with 15 and 14 percent, respectively. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) completes the top five with seven percent supporting.
But, because Iowa is a caucus state, participants’ second place choice is also relevant here. When first and second choices are combined, Warren surpasses Sanders for second place. This is important because