Having come in fourth place in a recent Iowa poll, the Biden campaign is apparently already trying to downplay expectations in the first DNC contest.
A new NY Times / Siena Iowa poll is not good news for self proclaimed “frontrunner” Joe Biden.
Warren leads at 22, Sanders is second at 19, followed by Buttigieg at 18 and Biden at 17.
National Review reports former vice president Joe Biden’s campaign staffers have begun playing down expectations in the Iowa caucuses in response to their candidate’s underperformance in recent polls conducted in the first primary state.
“I think we’re the only ones who don’t have to win Iowa, honestly,” Biden campaign manager Greg Schultz told the Wall Street Journal, “because our strength is the fact that we have a broad and diverse coalition.”
A Siena College/New York Times poll released Friday predicted Biden will take fourth place in the Iowa caucuses. Left-wing challengers Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders come in first and second respectively, with the more moderate Pete Buttigieg taking third place.
The Iowa caucuses could “have three or four or five candidates all within a couple of percentage points. Does anybody win? Technically, yes, maybe,” said Schultz. “But does that give you clarity on where the heart of the Democratic Party is? I would say, ‘no.’”
Biden still leads the Democratic field in national polling. His team is hoping that Biden’s wide support among black voters will help propel him to the front of the race in the primaries following Iowa.
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