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CNN Iowa poll has Biden in lead, but the field is tightening

Former Vice President Joe Biden is still leading the pack of Democratic presidential candidates in CNN's latest Iowa poll, but the new iteration shows a tighter field than other national polls.

Biden holds 24 percent of the vote, trailed by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at 16 and 15 percent, respectively. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg polled at 14 percent, while Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was the only other candidate in the crowded, 24-person field to surpass the five percent threshold, after she secured seven percent. Biden generally hovers around 30 percent in national polls, but this is the first major poll conducted in Iowa since his entry into the race in April.

Voters were also asked which candidates they were "actively considering" for president. Only Biden, Warren, Sanders, Buttigieg, and Harris tallied over 50 percent in that category.

Most of the Democratic field will be in Iowa on Sunday night for a Democratic Party fundraiser in Cedar Rapids, though Biden will not be in attendance because of family obligations, CNN reports.

The CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll was conducted between June 2 and June 5 over the phone. It surveyed people from a random sampling of 600 likely Democratic caucus participants. The margin of error is 4 percentage points. Read more at CNN.