Biden Falls to 3rd Place in Iowa Following Botched Debate, Trails Buttigieg in Fundraising

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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 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.

Warren led the pack with support from 20 percent of respondents, followed closely by Harris who received support from 18 percent of those polled.

Only 17 percent backed Biden, a significant drop from polls from CBS News and the Des Moines Register from before the debate that showed him with support from 30 percent and 24 percent, respectively.

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.

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Cherl
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Hey Phyllis Softa. Remember when I said that this group would begin to eat their own? Joe is first. I’m guessing Kamala Harris is next. And she has a lot to attack.

Cherl
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To Phyllis Softa. Told you that they would begin to eat their own. Joe is first. Harris will be next. And man does she have history to attack.

Dave
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Dave

As a side note…..Warrens screeching…..she sounds like a thirteen year old about to burst out in tears….everything out of her pie hole is negative about America. MAGA and Happy 4th of July !!!

Dave Evad
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Dave Evad

Fauxcahontas and Commiela. What a ticket.

General Confusion
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Real news channels predicted that this would happen, the same with his previous attempts at running.

It seems that Biden, and almost EVERYONE else, was confused as to how far name recognition, likeability, electability would carry him through this elimination process. He isn’t a great debater, his history sucks, and his conservative policies are not what real people want or need.

James
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While polls this early in the game mean absolutely nothing, the Real Clear Politics poll has Biden at 26.0 in Iowa; Sanders at 15.7; Warren at 13.3; Buttigieg at 10.3; Harris at 9.3 and the rest of the occupants of the clown car down from there to nothing.

Screwtape
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Buh-bye Joe. By the measures of the modern Dims you are old, weak, not very bright, and not Leftist enough. While you might get votes from the moderate/not-insane Dimocratic voters those are NOT what the DNC under Perez want.

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