Support for South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg Jumping in Iowa, Polls Show

Recent polls show increased support for South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Iowa, which holds the earliest primary in the nation.

Buttigieg is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.

An Iowa State University poll (pdf) released this week showed Buttigieg with 20 percent support, behind only Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), who had 28 percent.

Buttigieg was ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who had 18 percent, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who had 12 percent.

The poll was conducted from Oct. 18 to Oct. 22, sampling 598 likely Democratic caucus voters, and had a margin of error of plus/minus 5 percent.

A Suffolk University poll (pdf) also released this week showed Buttigieg at 13 percent, behind Biden (18 percent) and Warren (17 percent).

Over a third of respondents chose Buttigieg when asked who did better than they expected in the Oct. 15 debate. The question enabled multiple-choice answers; Buttigieg was first and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) was second with 28 percent.

Buttigieg clashed with other candidates on stage, vying with former Rep. Beto ORourke (D-Texas) on gun control proposals , differing with fellow veteran Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) over how involved the U.S. military should be in other countries, and criticizing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for avoiding questions about how to fund Medicare for All while plugging his plan, which he calls Medicare for All Who Want It.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, right, speaks as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) looks on during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio on Oct. 15, 2019. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“No plan has been laid out to explain how a multi-trillion-dollar hole in this Medicare for All plan that Sen. Warren is putting forward is supposed to get filled in,” he said during theRead More – Source