The Democratic race for the presidential nominee gained another name last week when former Massachusetts Governor Patrick Duval entered the race, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg appears close to announcing his intention to run. But the real change came from Iowa where a Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom opinion poll showed South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg holding a clear lead among Democratic presidential candidates.
Mayor Pete notched 25%, a whopping 16-point jump since the September survey.
There was essentially a three way tie for second among Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren at 16%, and former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders each at 15%.
While Mayor Pete’s been gaining ground, Warren gave up six points, Biden slipped by five, and Sanders dipped by four.
Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, told the network the news was encouraging and his campaign felt growing momentum in the farm state, but there was “still a lot of work to do” in increasing his name recognition there.
A New York Times/Sienna poll released earlier this month also showed Buttigieg’s support surging in Iowa, but still behind Warren and Sanders.
While it’s all well and good to make a good showing, you still have to do win primaries around the country. In that category, Mayor Pete doesn’t stand out. Nationally, he’s averaging around 8%.
Buttigieg, 37, has invested heavily in Iowa from the start. His campaign has more than 100 staffers and 20 offices in the state, among the most of any candidate.
Buttigieg finished the third quarter with $23.4 million in campaign cash on hand, ranking third behind Warren and Sanders at $25.7 million and $33.7 million, respectively. Biden had $8.9 million, forcing his campaign to abandon a promise to reject support from political action committees.