Booker at 2% in New Iowa Poll as Buttigieg Surges

Democratic Presidential Candidate Cory Booker responds to former Vice President Joe Biden's comments about kids wearing hoodies, saying the DNC nominee needs to talk about race in a far more constructive way.

Who needs U.S. senate experience? As a matter of presidential aspirational political strategy, Cory Booker might have done better to stay planted in Newark, if the latest surge by South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg holds.

Buttigieg is the new Democratic front-runner in Iowa, according to a CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll of likely caucusgoers, which shows Senator Booker (D-NJ) far back in the pack, in a five-way tie at 2%.

The South Bend mayor holds a clear lead in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, “climbing to 25% – s a 16-point increase in support for Buttigieg since the September CNN/DMR poll. This survey comes on the heels of other recent polls that have shown Buttigieg joining the top tier of the Democratic primary race in Iowa, according to the CNN report.
“Behind Buttigieg, there is a close three-way battle for second with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 16%, and former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders each at 15%. Since September, Warren dropped six percentage points and Biden slipped five points, while Sanders gained four points.
“Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar lands at 6%, while five candidates register 3% — Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, investor Tom Steyer and businessman Andrew Yang. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has yet to officially announce a 2020 bid, gets 2%. The rest of the field receives 1% or less.”
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