A third of Maryland Dems say they would vote for Biden, 21 percent for Warren in new poll

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Vice President Joe Biden (left) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Photos by Michael Stokes and Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia Commons.

One-in-three likely Democratic voters in Maryland plan to go with former Vice President Joe Biden at the polls next November, according to the newest poll from Goucher College.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts ranked second in a survey of 300 registered Democrats who said they’re likely to vote, with 21 percent saying they’d pick her.

Self-described Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, placed third at 10 percent. Next in line were Sen. Kamala Harris of California (6 percent), who happens to have her campaign headquarters in Baltimore, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Fifteen percent of those surveyed said they have no preference or are undecided; all other candidates had marks of 1 percent or less among likely voters.

The rankings, if not the percentages, mirror other recent polls of Democrats around the country gauging voter preferences in the jam-packed Democratic primary. 

Warren bested Biden in terms of favorability at 68 percent to his 62 percent. Majorities also said they hold favorable views of Sanders (56 percent) and Harris (53 percent).

A larger share of respondents (46 percent) said it’s more important to find a candidate who’s “likely to defeat Donald Trump” than to find one with whom they align on all the issues (40 percent).

The poll asked respondents about their views on the 10 candidates who participated in ABC’s most recent televised debate on Sept. 12.

The survey of Democrats conducted Sept. 13-19 carries a 5.6 percent margin of error.

An earlier installment of the recent Goucher Poll, released yesterday, found 27 percent of all Marylanders–not just Democrats–approve of President Donald Trump’s job so far as president.

The results rolled out hours before Democratic members of Congress called for impeaching Trump, following reports that the president withheld aid to Ukraine while pushing the country to investigate Biden and his son.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in CityLab, Slate, Baltimore City Paper, DCist and elsewhere.
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