After previously standing strong as the Democrats’ 2020 frontrunner, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign seems to be collapsing — and fast.
The former vice president has fallen to fourth place in the latest poll out of Iowa, according to Breitbart.
The poll put Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in first place, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and former small-town mayor Pete Buttigieg following close behind.
It’s crunch time
The Iowa caucuses are the first primary match-ups of the election season — and slated for Feb. 3, they’re just weeks away. In other words, it’s crunch time.
Since he announced his 2020 bid, Biden has been considered the favorite to face President Donald Trump, according to ABC News. But a recent poll tells a different story.
According to Breitbart, a CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll released on Friday put Sanders at the top of the pack, with 20% of respondents expressing their support for the democratic socialist senator — a five-point jump for Sanders since November.
“There’s no denying that this is a good poll for Bernie Sanders,” one pollster told the Des Moines Register. “He’s got a firmer grip on his supporters than the rest of his compatriots.”
The poll, which spanned from Jan. 2-8 and surveyed 701 Democratic caucus-goers, put Warren in second place at 17%, and Buttigieg at a close third with 16% support. Biden follows with 15% support — five points away from his once-solid lead.
Of course, as we know from the 2016 presidential contest, polls are not always the best at predicting Election Day outcomes. The CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.7%, meaning it’s a tight race for the top spot, according to Breitbart.
What’s more, the race isn’t over yet. According to the Register, the top Dem candidates will be facing off on Tuesday at a CNN-sponsored debate at Drake University.
The likes of Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and billionaire Tom Steyer will all be there to hash out their differences and make last-minute pleas to Iowa voters.
But at the end of the day, Feb. 3 is right around the corner. It won’t be long until Biden can see how he truly fairs in Iowa — and how his prospects look going into what may be the most consequential months of his career.