In a pair of Democratic presidential polls released Wednesday, Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has pushed passed Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) nationally. The polls, conducted by the Economist and YouGov, put Warren up 16 percent to Bernie’s 12 percent.
Nevertheless, Warren still trails behind Joe Biden who holds the number one spot with 26 percent support. Warren is also ahead of Sanders in the state of Nevada, where Democrats will caucus next February right after the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Biden also leads the pack in Nevada with 36 percent, seconded by Warren at 19 percent, and Sanders trailing behind at 13 percent.
While Warren leads Sanders in the recent two polls, it’s important to note national polling averages show Sanders significantly above Warren. Politico pointed out that “Warren’s vote share has generally ticked up over the past month or two amid a flurry of policy rollouts and strong organizing presence in early voting states.”
While Warren is laying the groundwork in Iowa with more than 50 staffers, a handful in New Hampshire, and she will be building out the grassroots teams in South Carolina and Nevada as well.
AN UPHILL BATTLE AGAINST TRUMP
Challenging any sitting president is a major uphill battle – politically and financially. President Donald Trump will launch his presidential re-election campaign next week at a rally in Florida with First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
Wow! Just got word that our June 18th, Tuesday, ANNOUNCEMENT in Orlando, Florida, already has 74,000 requests for a 20,000 seat Arena. With all of the big events that we have done, this ticket looks to be the “hottest” of them all. See you in Florida!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2019
The Trump campaign has continuously built up a war chest for 2020 and has recently spent $10 million on TV ads in battleground states including Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Trump’s head start in an organized campaign and massive fundraising overhaul has caused concern if it will be difficult for the Democratic nominee will be able to even catch up.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.