Sanders snatches lead in national Emerson College poll

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Bernie Sanders has taken the lead in a new Emerson College poll released Wednesday, increasing his support since the last survey in January.

Overall, 29 percent of likely Democratic primary voters surveyed said they support Sanders. Former vice president Joe Biden saw a sharp drop in support, falling to 22 percent.

Businessman Michael Bloomberg netted support from 14 percent of respondents, while Elizabeth Warren polled at 12 percent. Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar each polled in the single digits.

The poll showed supporters of Bernie Sanders to be the most committed, with 67 percent saying they will definitely vote for the Vermont Senator. Supporters of Pete Buttigieg were the least committed, with 74 percent saying they could shift their vote to another candidate.

Among Sanders supporters, Andrew Yang is the preferred choice for Vice President, with 31 percent support. Overall, 20 percent Democratic primary voters favored Kamala Harris for Vice President, while 18 percent said Yang would be the best pick.

In hypothetical general election matchups against Donald Trump, Sanders was the only Democrat with a lead on the president.

The survey of 573 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted by Emerson College between February 16 and 18.

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