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Guess what? Online Harvard-Harris poll shows Clinton #1 choice of registered Democrats

by | Dec 9, 2019

By Dave Andrusko

This and $1.10 will buy you a small cup of McDonald’s coffee when it’s on sale. But, as someone who has expected Hillary Clinton to run again in 2020 from the night she lost in 2016, this is interesting.

Valerie Richardson of the Washington Times reported today that the former New York Senator and Secretary of State narrowly eased out former VP Joe Biden in a Harvard-Harris poll of registered Democrats.

When asked who they would support for the party’s presidential nominee, 21% said Clinton as compared to 20% for Biden.

“Placing third in the hypothetical race was Vermont Sen. Bernard Sanders at 12%, followed by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 9% and ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at 7%,” Richardson wrote.

There are the usual caveats. It was an online survey and Bloomberg’s numbers were probably slightly inflated because the survey of 1,859 voters came just after the former mayor of New York entered the race.

I was going to write about something Clinton told the BBC Radio 5 Live’s Emma Barnett last month, but didn’t. Richardson reminds us that although Clinton said she had no plans to enter the contest, she added, “I never say never to anything.”

And she added the hopelessly self-serving comment

“I will certainly tell you, I’m under enormous pressure from many, many, many people to think about it,” she said. “But as of this moment, sitting here in this studio talking to you, that is absolutely not in my plans.”

Richardson noted, “In the current primary field without Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Biden led the pack with 29%, followed by Mr. Sanders with 16%, Ms. Warren with 13% and Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 8%. Both Mr. Bloomberg and Mr. Kerry drew 5%.”

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