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NEW POLL: Buttigieg surges to first place in Iowa

(Fort Wayne’s NBC) — A new poll reveals South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the new Democratic front-runner in Iowa.

Buttigieg holds a clear lead in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, climbing to 25% in a new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers.

The poll marks a 16-point increase in support for Buttigieg since the September CNN/DMR poll. The survey follows other recent polls showing Buttigieg joining the top tier of the Democratic primary race in Iowa.

There is a close battle for second place among the Democratic candidates, with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren polling at 16%, and former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders each at 15%.

Since September, Warren has dropped six percentage points, Biden lost five, but Sanders gained four points. Read the full polls results here.

Fort Wayne’s NBC previously reported on the “Police Tapes Controversy” from Buttigieg’s time as mayor, involving phone calls recorded in 2011 between high-ranking police officers that led to the demotion of the city’s first black police chief.

The police department’s former Director of Communications said she heard the complete tapes, that have yet to be released to the public, and discovered alarming conversations between several officers.

Our South Bend sister station WNDU reported in late October that an attorney for the South Bend Common Council said they may subpoena witnesses as part of the effort to get the tapes released.

Buttigieg’s significant rise in polls comes after heavy investment of his time and money in Iowa. CNN reports that over the last few months, Buttigieg has built one of the largest on-the-ground operations in the state, supplemented by a robust advertising campaign and strong public appearances, including a speech at the Democratic Party’s biggest event of the year earlier this month in Des Moines. Read more here. 

Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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