Ahead of Nevada debate, Sanders leads Biden by 15 points in new poll, with Bloomberg in 3rd

As six Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare to debate in Nevada on Wednesday night, one new national poll gives Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont a 15-point lead over former Vice President Joe Biden.

Sanders gets 32% support in the ABC News/Washington Post poll, ahead of Biden at 17%, billionaire former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg at 14%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 11%, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 7% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota at 6%.

Other new national polls also show Sanders pulling away from Biden, with a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll putting him at 27% support vs. the former veep in second with 15%. Bloomberg and Warren each get 14%, and Buttigieg, 13%.

The encouraging polling for Sanders comes ahead of a primary debate that’s slated to take place at 9 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday in Las Vegas. Bloomberg is due to make his first appearance at a 2020 presidential debate, facing off against Sanders, Biden, Warren, Buttigieg and Klobuchar.

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In a RealClearPolitics moving average of national polls as of Wednesday, Sanders leads with 28.3% support, followed by Biden at 17.6%, Bloomberg at 15.9%, Warren at 12.1%, Buttigieg at 10.1% and Klobuchar at 6.6%. No other contender is above 3%.

“Sanders continues to consolidate the progressive wing as Warren declines,” said Height Capital Markets analysts in a note on Tuesday.

“The real test of each candidate’s muster will likely come this Saturday (Feb. 22) when the Nevada caucuses are held. Nevada is far more diverse than either Iowa or New Hampshire and better reflects the broader Democratic Party.”

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