Biden adds 5 points to lead over 2020 Dem field: poll

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE (D) has expanded his comfortable lead over the 2020 Democratic primary field since his presidential campaign announcement last month, according to a new poll.

The Reuters/Ipsos survey released Wednesday found that Biden’s support among Democratic voters has increased 5 percentage points, up to 29 percent. 

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He now leads his only close challenger, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), by 16 points in the poll. Sanders, at 13 percent, is the only other candidate to register more than 6 percent support among Democratic voters.

Biden trails the Vermont senator among millennial voters, who break for Sanders, 18 percent to 16 percent, over the former vice president, but leads the Vermont senator among all other major demographic groups, according to Reuters.

“[T]here is not a significant anti-Biden bloc of voters split between the other candidates,” Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson said, according to Reuters, adding, “At this moment, Joe Biden is a clear front-runner in the Democratic primary.”

Many presidential candidates, including some governors such as Steve BullockSteve BullockKoch-backed group launches ad campaign to support four vulnerable GOP senators Overnight Energy: US Park Police say ‘tear gas’ statements were ‘mistake’ | Trump to reopen area off New England coast for fishing | Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues Vulnerable Republicans embrace green issues in battle to save seats MORE (Mont.) and Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeInslee calls on Trump to ‘stay out of Washington state’s business’ Seattle mayor responds to Trump: ‘Go back to your bunker’ Trump warns he will take back Seattle from ‘ugly Anarchists’ if local leaders don’t act MORE (Wash.), were largely unknown by the Democratic electorate, according to the poll, receiving less that 20 percent name recognition among voters.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted on May 10 and May 13, and contacted 1,132 Democrats and left-leaning independents. Its credibility interval is 3 percentage points.

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