USA Today reports:
It’s a new three-way race in Iowa. Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who was initially seen as a long-shot presidential contender, has surged within striking distance of former vice president Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses, a Suffolk University/USA TODAY Poll finds.
Biden, long viewed as the Democratic frontrunner, is faltering in the wake of a debate performance last week that those surveyed saw as disappointing. The poll, taken Wednesday through Friday, put Biden at 18%, Warren at 17% and Buttigieg at 13% among 500 likely Democratic caucusgoers.
Those standings reflect significant changes since the Suffolk/USA TODAY poll taken in Iowa at the end of June, when Biden led Warren by double digits and Buttigieg trailed at a distant 6%.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged within striking distance of former vice president Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Iowa. https://t.co/qCvjfjgIAp
— USA TODAY Politics (@usatodayDC) October 21, 2019
Buttigieg surges into top three in shock Iowa caucus poll https://t.co/r471u8Wo0d
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 21, 2019
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg surged 7 points in Iowa since June, per a new USA Today/Suffolk poll. https://t.co/UWbPAdqEE2
— Michael Del Moro (@MikeDelMoro) October 21, 2019
Suffolk/USA Today Iowa Dem poll (change from late June):
Biden 18 (-6)
Warren 17 (+4)
Buttigieg 13 (+7)
Sanders 9 (no change)
Steyer 3 (+3)
Gabbard 3 (+2)
Harris 3 (-13)
Klobuchar 3 (-1)
The debate seems to have helped Buttigieg a lot but not Klobuchar in Iowa.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 21, 2019