US ELECTIONS: Too many Democrats are running for president in 2020. But there’s an easy fix – commentary

None of the four top Democratic candidates poll consistently above 30% – ranked-choice voting, however, can determine who people actually support

Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders at a Democratic debate in Atlanta, Georgia, on 20 November.
Photo: Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders at a Democratic debate in Atlanta, Georgia, on 20 November. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Democrats in Iowa will caucus in early February, barely two months away, and finally cast the first votes of presidential nomination season.

There’s an elite tier of four candidates: former vice-president Joe Biden, South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg, the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren. None of them, however, poll consistently above 30% in national surveys. Many Democrats see one or more of them as too old or too inexperienced; too far left or too moderate.

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  • guyaneseonline  On November 27, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    Published on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 byCommon Dreams – by Jon Queally, staff writer
    Amid National Surge, New Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Top Democrat in New Hampshire

    “Bernie is in the pocket of #BigUs,” supporters are saying. “Pass it on.”

    Vermont senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders campaigns at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. (Photo: Preston Ehrler/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
    Vermont senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders campaigns at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. (Photo: Preston Ehrler/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

    Enjoying a national upswing this week—including a return to second place in the Real Clear Politics poll average and in a new poll out Wednesday—Sen. Bernie Sanders also now leads in the key early state of New Hampshire, according to a new state survey.

    According to the Emerson poll released Tuesday, Sanders is now in first place with 26% followed by South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg in second with 22%, and former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren tied for third with 14% each.

    Dramatic in the results of the tracking poll was the swing among the top four candidates since it was last conducted in September, with Sanders up 13 points and Buttigieg up 11 points, while Warren and Biden dropped 6 and 10 points respectively.
    Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson Polling, said “the Democratic voters have taken a look at Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren and they appear unsatisfied at this time which brought some voters back to Bernie Sanders while others are now moving to a fresh face in Pete Buttigieg, this demonstrates the fluidity of the race.”
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