NH Poll: Warren continues to climb, Gabbard qualifies for October Democratic debate
WASHINGTON – Elizabeth Warren has climbed up to a virtual tie with Joe Biden in another early state, New Hampshire.
Warren has edged herself to the front of the pack in New Hampshire, where she stands at 27% among registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters who are likely to participate in the state's Democratic primary in February 2020, according to a Monmouth University poll published Tuesday. The Massachusetts Senator is up 19 percentage points from May, where she was at 8%.
Biden is currently at 25%, a 9 percentage point drop from May.
Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement that Warren is looking "stronger with every new poll."
“She seems to be picking up support across the spectrum with gains coming at the expense of both Biden and Sanders,” he continued.
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is at 12% with Democratic and unaffiliated voters who will likely participate in the New Hampshire primary. He is down 6 percentage points from 18% in May. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the only other candidate to stand at double digits at 10%.
There is a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points. Between Sept. 17 to 21, 664 registered voters were contacted for the poll through telephone, with 401 of those contacted were voters who are likely to vote in the Democratic primary.
Sen. Kamala Harris stands at 3% in the poll. Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Tom Steyer, entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard are all at 2% in this poll. All other candidates are at 1% or less.
Tulsi qualifies for October debate
By polling at 2%, this is Gabbard's fourth qualifying poll to participate in October's upcoming debate.
Gabbard now the 12th person to qualify for October's debate, which will likely bring debates back to two nights. It was only one night in September. Candidates need to hit 2% in four qualifying polls and tally at least 130,000 individual donors by Oct. 1 to qualify for the October debate, according to the Democratic National Committee guidance.
The next debates will be held at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio by CNN and the New York Times. The debates will be held on Oct. 15 and on the 16 if necessary. With 12 candidates, the debates will likely be held on two nights.