Iowa poll: Klobuchar stuck behind top Democratic contenders

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Joe Biden received some good news ahead of what promises to be a challenging Iowa caucus: a poll released on Saturday that shows him the overwhelming favourite for the Democratic presidential nomination among black Americans.

No other candidate, including MA senator Elizabeth Warren (9%), former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey senator Cory Booker (both 4%), returned better than single-digit support. Cory Booker. Despite his reputation as a rising star in the party and his considerable media exposure, he has consistently been overshadowed in this state's contest. Buttigieg experienced the biggest drop in support compared to the same poll conducted in November, losing 9 percentage points.

The poll found Warren at 17 per cent, Buttigieg at 16 per cent and Biden at 15 per cent. NY entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who was the sole nonwhite candidate on the stage at last month's debate, in Los Angeles, also fell short for this round, with support from 5% of Iowa voters in the new poll.

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The Monmouth University poll was conducted January 3-7, surveying 697 registered voters, 404 of whom said they were likely to vote in the Democratic presidential primary. But Selzer added that poll numbers also suggested that Sanders' "got a firmer grip on his supporters than the rest of his compatriots".

22 nominating contest is the third one in the state-by-state process of picking a Democratic nominee to face Republican President Donald Trump in the November 3 general election.

Results for the full sample have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. "To the extent that New Hampshire voters could take some cues from Iowa, it's also worth keeping an eye on lower-polling candidates like Klobuchar if any of the leading contenders stumble in the earlier Iowa contest".

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Candidates were eagerly awaiting the release of the Iowa poll, which will factor heavily into their strategies to win over and turn out voters in the final stretch.

Only 40 per cent of poll respondents said they had finalized their choice, with 45 per cent saying they could still change their mind.

Six candidates have qualified for the debate: Biden, Sanders, Buttigieg, Warren, US Senator Amy Klobuchar and businessman Tom Steyer.

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The results also came hours ahead of the midnight Friday deadline for candidates to meet the Democratic National Committee's polling requirement to participate in Tuesday's scheduled debate in Des Moines, the last before Iowans caucus on February 3. CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Abby Phillip, as well as The Des Moines Register's Brianne Pfannenstiel, will moderate the debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

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