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Buttigieg soaring in polls

A recent poll gauging the popularity of Democratic candidates ranks Midwestern mayor Pete Buttigieg as a top contender among Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Vice President Joe Biden.
 
Over the past few months, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has polled steadily around 5%. As of yesterday, Buttigieg jumped 7 percentage points to 13%. By comparison, VP Biden and Sen. Warren have been battling for the front-runner position as they both poll around 17 and 18%.
 
Over the weekend, Buttigieg was campaigning in Iowa, a key state for Democrats to win as they compete against each other for their party’s nomination. The recent poll elevates ‘Mayor Pete’ to a top contender among his more established fellow Democrats.
 
On the campaign trail, Buttigieg has championed for a more moderate approach to democratic issues, and has distanced himself from socialist policies of Senators Sanders and Warren. Although he supports expanding coverage, one of Buttigieg’s notable differences from socialism is his opposition to Medicare-for-All.
 
Buttigieg has not been considered within the realm of front-runner status until now, as he was polling below 5% with Senator Kamala Harris, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, and Senator Amy Klobuchar over the past few months. Senator Harris who once had an early lead, has fallen in the polls as Buttigieg soars.
 
Buttigieg has also held his own in fundraising, as he raised $19.1 million in three months, trailing behind Sen. Sanders’ $25 million and Sen. Warren’s $24.6 million.
 
Buttigieg’s trip to Iowa certainly paid off, but future debates will determine how he holds his own against the notable front-runners as the field of candidates begins to narrow.
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