U.S. Sen. Cory Booker is tied for sixth place among the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates in the critical state of New Hampshire, a new poll shows.
The New Jersey senator is favored by 2 percent of voters who are likely to participate in the state’s Democratic primary in February — the nation’s first presidential primary — according to the Monmouth University Poll released Thursday.
That’s far below the frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, who draws 36% of the vote among the field of 24 announced and potential candidates for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican President Donald Trump next November.
In second place is U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 18 percent, followed by South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (9 percent), U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (8 percent), and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California (6 percent).
Joining Booker at 2 percent are former US. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas (2 percent) and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota (2 percent).
Behind them at 1 percent are former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
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The other 13 candidates registered less than 1 percent.
This is only the second major poll surveying the New Hampshire Democratic primary so far. The first, a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll from last month, found Booker tied for sixth place at 3%.
Thursday’s Monmouth poll found one-third of primary voters say finding a candidate who will carry on former President Barack Obama’s legacy. But two-thirds of voters say finding a nominee who can beat Trump is more important to them than agreeing with a candidate on issues.
“As other polls have shown, Biden officially enters the race as a clear front-runner,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said of Obama’s former V.P. “He is the preferred candidate of voters who want someone to take up Obama’s mantle but it does not seem that this is a decisive factor right now.”
Booker draws 3 percent of the voters who say Obama’s legacy is important — behind Biden (39 percent), Sanders (15 percent), Buttigieg (10 percent(, Harris (9 percent), and Warren (8 percent).
Meanwhile, the poll found 54 percent of Democratic primary voters in the state have a favorable view of Booker, while 12 percent see him unfavorably.
By comparison, Biden’s ratings are 80 percent favorable and 15 percent unfavorable.
The poll was conducted via telephone from May 2-7, with 376 New Hampshire voters likely to vote in the Democratic primary. The margin of error was plus-or-minus 5.1 percentage points.
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