If the latest polls are any indication, radical, disruptive socialist schemes like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All are not resonating with Democrat primary voters.

According to the latest Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll, South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg has surged in Iowa to a near double-digit lead over former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Pete Buttigieg has rocketed to the top of the latest Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll in the latest reshuffling of the top tier of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Since September, Buttigieg has risen 16 percentage points among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers, with 25% now saying he is their first choice for president. For the first time in the Register’s Iowa Poll, he bests rivals Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are now clustered in competition for second place and about 10 percentage points behind the South Bend, Indiana, mayor.

Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, led the September Iowa Poll, when 22% said she was their first choice. In this poll, her support slips to 16%. Former Vice President Biden, who led the Register’s first three Iowa Polls of the 2020 caucus cycle, has continued to slide, falling 5 percentage points to 15%. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, also garners 15% — a 4 percentage point rise.

Also of note in this poll, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has seen her support double since the last poll in September.  She has now moved to 6% support in a vast (and apparently ever-expanding) Democrat presidential primary field.

The Star Tribune reports:

The mayor of South Bend shot to the top of a Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll released over the weekend, rising 16 percentage points among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers.

Busting out of the pack with 25% support, Buttigieg was trailed by Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, all in a three-way tie for second at about 15% support. Klobuchar was in fifth place at 6%, which she hailed as a doubling of her support since the last Register poll in September.

What do Buttigieg, who is also surging in New Hampshire, and Klobuchar have in common?  They are not calling for a socialist “revolution,” and they do not want to fundamentally transform our country or remake its economy with “big, bold plans” for everything from “free” healthcare to open borders to restricting air travel to eliminating cow farts.

If Democrat primary voters get it, just imagine what the general electorate will think of Warren’s and Sanders’ enormously disruptive and cost-prohibitive pie-in-the-sky socialist fantasies.


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