The Hill reports:
The Iowa Poll, conducted by veteran pollster Ann Selzer for the Des Moines Register and CNN, found former Vice President Joe Biden leading the Democratic field with 24 percent of the vote. The race for second place is a statistical tie between Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), at 16 percent; Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), at 15 percent; and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 14 percent.
In December, months before he even entered the race, nearly a third of Iowa voters said they backed Biden. Today, about six weeks after he announced he would run, Biden’s support has fallen by a third. Biden’s declining support came even before this week’s controversy over his flip-flop on the Hyde Amendment, which came after Selzer began fielding her poll. In December, 82 percent of Iowa Democratic voters said they saw Biden favorably; this month, that number is down to 72 percent.
The fact that more than 10 Democrats made the Capital City Pride Festival a key stop in their 2020 weekend trips through the first-in-the-nation caucus state is the latest example of how the Democratic Party — just seven years since President Barack Obama first publicly supported marriage equality — has embraced the LGBTQ community and sees it as central to their success at the ballot box.
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, sporting a rainbow t-shirt that read “Love Is Brave,” spent Friday night serving drinks at The Blazing Saddle, a gay bar that sits in the center of Des Moines’ East Village. Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, wearing a rainbow sweatband around his wrist, ran in the Capital City Pride 5K on Saturday morning. And South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is gay, spoke at multiple events about his personal coming out.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 9, 2019