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Pete Buttigieg surges to the top of the 2020 Democratic field in Iowa after new polling

According to USA Today, 2020 Democratic Candidate Pete Buttigieg, 37, has taken a demanding lead in latest polling in Iowa. The poll, which was announced Saturday by CNN, put Buttigieg’s support at nearly 25% of likely caucus-goers in the state of Iowa. The poll also put fellow Democratic candidates Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders 10 points behind Buttigieg – a three way tie at 15% for second place. According to The Guardian, the poll, which was carried out with 500 likely Democratic caucus-goers with a margin of error at 4.4 percent points, “shows a consistent improvement in support for Buttigieg who was a relative unknown when he announced his candidacy earlier this year.” ~

Pete Buttigieg, currently sitting at 8% national polling (New York Times), has seen himself steadily rise in the polls since his entrance into the Democratic field for President earlier this year. According to the New York Times, he has built his campaign around the idea of “generational change” and has campaigned on the basis of being a “bridge to a new era of American politics.” The mayor was one of the first democratic candidates who lobbied for an increase in seats on the Supreme Court, and has made notable noise for being a “unique” Democratic candidate. “I’m definitely the only left-handed Maltese – American – Episcopalian – gay – millennial – war veteran in the race, but I think profile is just what gets you that first look.”Mr. Buttigieg has also managed to be a redoubtable fundraiser, raising more in the second quarter than any other candidate. ~

Due to Iowa being the first state to vote in the Presidential Primaries, Iowa is a key state for all Democratic candidates. Since 2000, every Demcoratic candidate who has won the state of Iowa has gone on to win their party’s nomination for President of the United States. Speaking about the poll after its announcement at a democratic convention in Long Beach, California Saturday, Mr. Buttigieg described the surge as “extremely encouraging, obviously. At the same time, there’s a long way to go.” ~

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