Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris Pass Bernie Sanders In New Poll With Joe Biden Leading By Only 5 Points

2020 presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) passed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a new poll, with former Vice President Joe Biden now leading the Democratic primary field by just five points.

The latest Economist-YouGov poll, released Wednesday, shows Biden narrowly holding on to the top position with 22 percent. Warren came in second place garnering 17 percent, while Harris followed closely behind with 14 percent.

Sanders, who has typically come second after Biden in most polls for months, fell to fourth place with 11 percent. Meanwhile, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who garnered five percent, also made it into the top five candidates.

No other candidates polled over two percent.

Recent polls have seen a sizable shift among the presidential hopefuls after the first Democratic primary debate was held late last month. Harris emerged as the clear winner of the debates. During round two of the debates, Harris drew the loudest applause of the night after she confronted Biden over his civil rights history and credentials, specifically for opposing busing in Wilmington, Delaware decades ago.

"I do not believe you are a racist," the 54-year-old senator said to Biden. "And I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground.

"But I also believe, and it's personal, it was hurtful, to hear you talk about the reputations of two U.S. senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country. And it was not only that but you also worked with them to oppose busing. There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools. And she was bussed to school every day. And that little girl was me."

Biden defended his actions by claiming the attack was mischaracterized. "I did not oppose busing in America. What I opposed was busing ordered by the Department of Education," he explained.

Most polls since the debate have shown Biden losing considerable ground with Harris benefiting. According to a post-debate Quinnipiac survey, Biden fell from 30 percent to 22 percent following his performance, while Harris more than doubled her support from seven to 20 percent. CNN's post-debate poll delivered similar results, with Biden dropping 10 points from 32 percent and Harris rising nine percent to 17 percent.

Conducted between July 7-9, the latest Economist-YouGov poll surveyed 1,500 adults, with a margin of error at 2.6 percentage points.

Biden, Harris, Sanders Poll
Democratic presidential candidates (L-R) former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) take part in the second night of the first Democratic presidential debate on June 27, 2019 in Miami, Florida. In the latest Economist-YouGov poll, released Wednesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Harris passed Sanders, with Biden leading by just five percent. Drew Angerer/Getty
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