Recent polls and fundraising numbers show that former Vice President Joe Biden’s grasp on the Democratic nomination isn’t as strong as he thought it was.
Up until the first Democratic debates last week, Biden was the clear frontrunner in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. He touted the largest fundraising haul in the first 24 hours of his campaign — raking in $6.3 million after his long-awaited announcement — and was running circles around most of his competitors in the polls.
In the days leading up to the debate, Biden’s lead ranged from 7 points to 27 points, according to Real Clear Politics.
As IJR previously reported, all of Biden’s hype fizzled during the debate. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) steamrolled him in a debate about his racially insensitive comments about segregationists and his record on bussing.
Now, Biden’s invincibility seems to have faded.
Fresh-faced Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.) passed Biden in fundraising. The mayor brought in $24.8 million, which is $3.3 million more than Biden’s $21.5 million. Biden did enter the race before Buttigieg, but given that he is the former vice president competing against a midwest mayor, it’s not a great sign.
Biden launched his campaign in late April, missing out on nearly a month of fundraising time, but still stunning that the mayor of South Bend, Indiana is ahead of him with $$$
— Emily Larsen (@emilyelarsen) July 3, 2019
Biden didn’t just take a hit in the donations department. He also saw his lead plummet in Iowa.
Prior to the debate, Biden was leading in Iowa polls by 8 points according to two polls from early June. Polling data from the Iowa Starting Line now shows the former vice president in third place behind Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Harris.
Shakeup in Iowa:
— Iowa Starting Line (@IAStartingLine) July 3, 2019
Warren led the pack with support from 20 percent of respondents, followed closely by Harris who received support from 18 percent of those polled.
Although Buttigieg raked in a ton of cash, it doesn’t seem to be translating in the polls. He currently sits in fifth place in Iowa.