Democratic frontrunner Bernie Sanders continues his ascent in national polling
Updated: Feb 27
New polls released early this week show Senator Bernie Sanders has a significant margin over other Democratic Party presidential hopefuls, including former Vice President Joe Biden, who has descended as quickly in the polls as Sanders has risen.
Two new polls, one by NBC News/Wall Street Journal and another by ABC News/Washington Post have Sanders polling at about 30% support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, up almost ten points since late January.
The polls both show that Biden's support has plummeted, falling to 17% and 15% in the polls, down from 26% in January.
While several contenders are vying for second place in the polls, it is clear that Sanders leads the field of candidates in the national polling.
According to 538, the release of these new polls has bumped Sanders' polling average to over 25%, his highest to date. Likewise, RealClearPolitics polling average shows Sanders climbing to nearly 28%, also his highest average to date.
The only other candidate surging in the polls is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who will participate in a Democratic Primary debate for the first time tonight since his late entrance into the race.
Bloomberg's polling average has rose about 10 points in both 538's and RCP's polling averages, making him a potential threat to Sanders and possibly ending Biden's candidacy due to public perception of both Biden and Bloomberg as moderates.
Biden's campaign may recover if he does well in the Nevada Democratic caucuses on Feb. 22 and the South Carolina Democratic primary on Feb. 29, both states where Biden has had strong support in the polls.