catching up
April 22, 2019

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Vice President Joe Biden are essentially tied in a new 2020 New Hampshire poll.

A survey released by the University of New Hampshire on Monday has Buttigieg in third place behind Biden, earning 15 percent of the vote to Biden's 18 percent. That's a smaller gap than the poll's margin of error. In first place is Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who earned 30 percent of the vote.

Buttigieg has jumped up 13 percentage points since February, at which point he had launched a 2020 exploratory committee fairly recently. On the other hand, Biden has slipped about four points since then, while Sanders has gained four points. Biden hasn't officially entered the 2020 race yet, but he's expected to do so in the coming days.

This is just the latest in a series of polls showing Buttigieg in third place behind Biden and Sanders, although he and Biden have typically not been in such a dead heat.

The University of New Hampshire's poll was conducted by speaking to 549 New Hampshire adults over the phone from April 10-18. The margin of error of the overall survey is 4.2 percent and 6.3 percent for the 241 likely Democrats surveyed. Read the full results here. Brendan Morrow

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