Pete Buttigieg Surges Ahead of Joe Biden in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders Holds Strong Lead: Poll

Pete Buttigieg bounced ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden in the state of New Hampshire, but Senator Bernie Sanders still holds a strong lead in the state after the Iowa debacle, according to a poll.

The 7 News/Emerson College tracking poll in New Hampshire puts Vermont independent Sanders at 32 percent, holding steady on the previous day's poll. In second is Buttigieg at 17 percent, a five-point rise, and third is Biden at 13 percent with no movement.

The delayed Iowa caucus results finally began filtering through on Tuesday and with 71 percent of precincts reporting, Buttigieg was on top, Sanders second, Senator Elizabeth Warren in third, and Biden in fourth. That may change once all the results are in.

Buttigieg drew criticism after declaring victory before any official Iowa results were announced. But the incoming results are going his way, and he has opened the Democratic primary season with a significant boost to his campaign. A moderate, his success comes at Biden's expense.

"Bernie may have gotten his bounce yesterday as his Iowa poll numbers made him a front runner and his New Hampshire numbers increased from 29 percent to 32 percent between day one and two of the track," said Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson College Polling, "but with the news today of Pete's Iowa performance he saw his own five-point bounce between day two and three."

The Buttigieg campaign has been asked for comment.

The New Hampshire Emerson College poll of 500 registered Democratic and independent voters was conducted February 2-4. All data for February 4 was collected after the partial results of the Iowa caucus were announced.

There is a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points on the poll, which was conducted by landline and an online panel. The New Hampshire Democratic primary takes place on Tuesday, February 11.

"We don't know all the results, but we know by the time it's all said and done, Iowa, you have shocked the nation," Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, told his supporters in a pre-results speech on Monday.

"Because by all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious... Tomorrow, because of what we did here, the nation will have that choice too.

"We take our message onward to New Hampshire, which has a way of making up its own mind, to Nevada, to South Carolina, and beyond to every corner of America.

"As we do, we will be building the movement that not only will win the election against Donald Trump, but win the era for our shared values."

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Democratic presidential candidate, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg greets supporters on February 04, 2020 in Concord, New Hampshire. Buttigieg holds a narrow lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the Iowa caucuses after an app used by the state Democratic Party to count results caused overnight delays, according to published reports. Spencer Platt/Getty Images