Would-be candidates’ exodus does little to change race

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) told reporters at a Thursday news conference that he wants his "Republican colleauges to do the right thing for the people they serve" and vote to triple the Child Tax Credit and Young Child Tax Credit. (AnthonyJackson/TMN)

WASHINGTON—Several Democratic figures announced last week that they will not seek the party’s nod in 2020, but their departure from a crowded field has done little to change the race.

According to a Morning Consult survey released Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden maintains a national lead with 31 percent while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) follows at 27 percent, unchanged from the previous week.

The latest poll was conducted between March 4-10, the week in which former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Attorney General Eric Holder and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) all bowed out.

Joe Biden, Photo by Doug Christian
Joe Biden, Photo by Doug Christian

Brown was expected to run a populist campaign while Bloomberg would have likely leaned into his status as a moderate, both qualities that could have overlapped with a potential Biden run.

Sanders announced his candidacy on February 19 while Biden has flirted with a run for months, but not yet entered the race.

The poll was conducted among 15,226 likely Democratic voters. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 1 percentage point.

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