Biden, Harris Numbers Too Close to Call in US Democratic Primaries
Jul 05 2019
Biden, who served as vice president under Barack Obama and has been seen as the frontrunner in the race, saw his support drop to 22 percent in the new Quinnipiac poll from 30 percent in the June 11 survey. Harris, who aims to be the first black female U.S. president, was tied at 12 percent alongside progressive Senator Elizabeth Warren in that poll. In the first round, caucus goes are allowed to vote for any candidate they choose to support, and the numbers set forth above set forth that first choice among the candidates. Bernie Sanders had 13 percent, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg got 4 percent, according to the survey.
Biden's two percentage point lead over Harris was within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points. The former vice president had support from 22 per cent followed by Harris with 20 per cent, a result within the margin of error. And polls in the United States have been wrong before, most notably during the 2016 election, in which Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton led in most polls but nonetheless lost to Trump.
Harris received a 9 point increase in the new poll, reaching a total of 17 percent, while Warren had an increase of 8 percent, totaling 15 percent support.
The poll suggests a substantial upswing for Harris and a notable decline for the former vice president.
But they appeared to be looking elsewhere after Kamala Harris, a USA senator from California also seeking the presidency, criticised Biden for opposing mandatory busing to integrate schools in the 1970s and for his cooperation with segregationists while he was a young senator.
The former vice president still retains an overwhelming edge on the question of which candidate stands the best chance of beating President Donald Trump, with 42 percent to Harris' 14. No other candidate tops 3 percent.
During the NBC News Democratic debate on June 27, Harris targeted Biden.
During the second night of the debate, Biden was forced to defend his record on desegregation in the 1970s during a tense exchangewith Harris, the only black candidate on the stage that night. "We didn't agree on much of anything", Biden said. "There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools and she was bused to school every day". Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) was next at 14 percent, followed by Sen.
A letter has been revealed that was written by Joe Biden in 1977 to Senator James Eastland, a known segregationist, thanking Eastland for helping with his "anti-busing" legislation.