Here’s something that will raise your spirits:
Measuring sentiment among would-be Democratic primary voters nationwide, it's Sanders who is leading in overall preference to be their nominee.
But just 42% of Democratic primary voters have definitely made up their minds at this point — and of course many won't get a chance to vote until later this spring. Just over half are enthusiastic about their first choice picks. Elizabeth Warren's (69%) and Sanders' supporters (65%) are the most enthusiastic, while just over half of Biden's supporters (53%) and Pete Buttigieg's supporters (52%) are enthusiastic as well. But just over a third of Bloomberg's and Klobuchar's supporters are enthusiastic about their candidates.
Democratic voters see Sanders (57%) and Warren (53%) as the candidates who will fight the most for people like them. Though Sanders leads overall, Democratic primary voters — as well as likely general election voters — pick Warren as the candidate who has impressed them the most in recent debates. Fifty percent of Democratic primary voters rated Warren's performance as impressive, ahead of all the other candidates, with Sanders named by 42%. Bloomberg was at the bottom, with just 15% saying his performance impressed them.
Most Democratic primary voters (62%) expect to have an influence on deciding who will be the eventual nominee when their state holds its primary or caucus, but they are more divided when it comes to how their party should approach the 2020 election. Fifty-four percent want the party to advance a more progressive agenda than the country had under President Obama, while 46% favor a return to the way it was before Mr. Trump took office. Sanders leads among the first group, while Biden leads among the second.
Why it matters: The poll notes that only 42% of Democratic primary voters have made up their minds. While Warren underperformed in the first three states, her strong debate performance in Nevada last week may have given her campaign new life.
- 50% of respondents to Sunday's poll said Warren's performance in recent debates — including Wednesday's, where she ripped into the billionaire Bloomberg for his history of sexist remarks — impressed them the most out of any candidate.
- The Warren campaign said Saturday that it has raised $14 million in the 10 days since the New Hampshire primary.
By the way, despite Sanders winning the Nevada Caucus, here’s something that should really make you smile:
It sure looks like Elizabeth Warren’s fiery debate performance last week translated to a slight bump at the Nevada caucuses.
According to early Washington Post entrance polls, Warren performed better among voters who decided in the last few days, compared to those who had decided prior to that. Of the late breaking voters, 19 percent chose Warren, while 12 percent of earlier voters did.
That seven-point jump is the largest any of the five frontrunners experienced, although it’s worth noting that Warren did not come in first or second with either group of voters.
Among the 86 percent of voters who decided earlier, Sen. Bernie Sanders led with 35 percent support, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden with 17 percent, and former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 15 percent. Among the 13 percent who decided closer to the caucuses, Sanders secured 25 percent of the vote, Biden captured 21 percent, and Warren came in third.
The Nevada caucuses took place just three days after a contentious Democratic debate in Las Vegas that Warren, who had previously seen disappointing results in Iowa and New Hampshire, dominated. That night, she delivered a breakout performance, grilling former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg over past comments he had made about women, nondisclosure agreements his company employed, and his previous support of the “stop and frisk” policy.
Whether Warren’s debate performance will be enough to fuel additional gains for her struggling campaign, however, is an open question. The campaign has previously said that it’s focused on turning out a strong performance on Super Tuesday, when 14 states head to the polls, and more than 1,300 delegates will be up for grabs.
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