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Pete Buttigieg surges toward top tier in Iowa Democratic race

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Pete Buttigieg surges toward top tier in Iowa Democratic race as Bernie Sanders is stuck in single digits following heart attack

  • The South Bend mayor jumped to 13 per cent in new USA Today / Suffolk University poll
  • Sanders was at 9 per cent, support he held during a surge by Sen. Kamala Harris 
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden are the poll leaders in the wide-open race
  • Sanders won the endorsement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after experiencing a heart attack
  • Buttigieg turned in a fiery debate performance in Ohio last week, blasting Warren for not saying how she’d pay for Medicare for All

A new Iowa survey shows a wide open race to win the state’s caucuses, with South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg inching up toward the poll leaders and Sen. Bernie Sanders stuck in single digits following his heart attack.

Buttigieg, who issued forceful calls for Sen. Elizabeth Warren to reveal how she would pay for her Medicare for All plan in last week’s Ohio debate, has jumped to 13 per cent in a new USA Today / Suffolk University poll. 

Buttigieg slightly trails poll leaders former Vice President Joe Biden (18 per cent) the Massachusetts senator (17 per cent) in the poll.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg scored 13 per cent in a new poll in Iowa

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg scored 13 per cent in a new poll in Iowa

Sanders, who on Saturday got the public endorsement of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes at a New York rally, was at 9 per cent – the same showing he had in the same poll in June. 

Earlier this month, Sanders, 78, was hospitalized and had to jump off the campaign trail after the Vermont senator suffered a heart attack.  

At the Democratic presidential debate in Ohio last week, Buttigieg accused Warren of dodging questions about how she would pay for her plan. Both Warren and Sanders have called for Medicare for All plans.  

‘Your signature is to have a plan for everything, except this. No plan has been laid out to explain how a multi-trillion dollar hole in this plan that Sen. Warren is putting forward is supposed to get filled in,’ he scolded her. 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses 2020 democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a Bernie Sanders campaign rally in Queensbridge Park on October 19, 2019 in Queens, New York City. Sanders was at 9 per cent in the poll following his heart attack

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses 2020 democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a Bernie Sanders campaign rally in Queensbridge Park on October 19, 2019 in Queens, New York City. Sanders was at 9 per cent in the poll following his heart attack

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren is virtually tied with former Vice President Joe Biden at the top of the poll

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren is virtually tied with former Vice President Joe Biden at the top of the poll

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Former Vice President Joe Biden at the top of the poll has seen his polling lead shrink since June in Iowa

Former Vice President Joe Biden at the top of the poll has seen his polling lead shrink since June in Iowa

Warren told an Iowa crowd over the weekend she would be releasing such a plan in the next few weeks.

‘Right now the cost estimates for Medicare for All vary by trillions and trillions of dollars and the different revenue stream for how to fund it,’ she said. ‘This is something I’ve been working on for months and months, and it’s got just a little more work until it’s finished.’

In the same poll in June, Biden had a strong lead, with 24 per cent, compared to 16 per cent for Sen. Katherine Harris of California, who was then enjoying a surge of her own, and Warren, who was at 13.

Biden issued some confusing answers during the debate, and the business dealings of his son, Hunter, have featured in the ongoing impeachment probe Democrats are conducting of President Trump over efforts to push a Ukraine to investigate the Bidens. 

The Iowa Caucuses are scheduled for Feb. 3, just outside of 100 days away. 

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who over the weekend unloaded on Hillary Clinton for suggesting she was a Russian asset, was among a group scoring 3 per cent, along with Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Harris, who is making Iowa a cornerstone of he strategy.  

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