New Hampshire Preview: Sanders Expands His Lead

By Karagan Knowles

Sen. Bernie Sanders now leads the 2020 Democratic presidential field with 25 percent in New Hampshire. He expanded his lead up two points from the week before, according to a UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion poll released Monday. 

The survey revealed that Sanders led with women, polling at 29 percent of female respondents. Sanders pulled more support from women than men in the poll. He received 20 percent of male voters.

Sanders also led among voters aged 18-44 years old with 34 percent and among voters who self-identify as liberal with 31 percent.

Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is in second place in the overall poll with 17 percent, up five points from last week. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren follows at 15 percent, a four-point decrease, and former Vice President Joe Biden sits in fourth place at 14 percent, a decline of eight points.

Sanders won the New Hampshire primary in 2016. Buttigieg heads into the Granite State contest behind Sanders in most state polling. Tuesday’s vote follows the disorderly Iowa Caucuses and its delay in results. The result of the previous Caucuses awarded Buttiegieg the most delegates, but with Sanders winning the popular vote.