Amy Klobuchar Takes Lead Over Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg in Key State of Iowa, New Poll Shows

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar catapulted to third place in Iowa behind Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden in the latest survey of Democratic caucus voters by Emerson College/7 News.

Klobuchar is "getting a second look" from Iowa Democratic voters, the pollster said, as she gathered 13 percent of support to claim the third-place spot, surpassing Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. The results released Sunday evening solidified Sanders' frontrunner status, but it is Klobuchar's exceptional showing just one week after The New York Times endorsed her and Warren that stands out most from the latest data. Although the poll still shows that 37 percent of likely caucus voters may still change their minds, Klobuchar's sudden rise could mean she is this election's "Iowa Surprise."

"When Sen Klobuchar announced her campaign in the blizzard, she got a lot of attention then she kind of dropped off the radar. All of a sudden now we see voters giving her a second look," said Emerson Polling Director Spencer Kimball, in a statement. "We've seen her numbers jump in New Hampshire, nationally, and now we're seeing them jump in Iowa, just at the right time."

The poll of likely Democratic caucus-goers in the country's first 2020 presidential contest shows Sanders way out in front with 30 percent of support and Biden in second with 21 percent of support. Following them is the close pack of Klobuchar, Warren and Buttigieg, all hovering with between 13 and 10 percent of support.

"In this election, we must win and unite our party. We need a candidate who has a history of winning in red and purple districts, who can bring along with her a fired-up Democratic base, as well as Independents and moderate Republicans. I have the receipts. I can get it done," Klobuchar said on Twitter and on ABC's This Week program Sunday.

The February 3 Iowa caucus is traditionally a reliable indicator of how the rest of either the Republican or Democratic primary processes will play out. In 2016, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won Iowa and went on to win the nomination over Sanders. And in 2008, Senator Barack Obama won Iowa before going on to win the nomination and later become president. However, former GOP Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who narrowly defeated Mitt Romney in the caucus in 2012, did not go on to win his party's nomination.

"Bernie Sanders has been able to solidify the youth vote and now it looks like older voters are looking around," Emerson's Kimball said in the statement. "We are now seeing Amy Klobuchar getting a second look and we see her numbers improving and we're seeing Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropping."

Klobuchar's office did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment Monday morning.

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Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar catapulted up to third place in Iowa behind Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden in the latest survey of Democratic caucus voters. Joe Raedle/Getty