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Elizabeth Warren gains in new poll as next Democratic presidential debate approaches


Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., greets people as she arrives to a campaign event on Sept. 2 in Hampton Falls, N.H. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Former veep Joe Biden’s still the leader of the pack, but Sen. Elizabeth Warren is catching up to him, according to a new poll.

Warren’s support among Democrats jumped from 11% in July to 17% this month, according to an ABC News/Washington Post survey released Sunday.


At the New Hampshire Democratic convention on Saturday, she drew a raucous and enthusiastic response as she urged voters not to play it safe in the primary.

“There is a lot at stake and people are scared. But we can’t choose a candidate we don’t believe in because we’re scared,” the Associate Press quoted her as saying. “And we can’t ask other people to vote for someone we don’t believe in.”

The new poll showed the Massachusetts senator making gains in the issue of “electability,” with 55% of those considering supporting her saying she could beat President Trump — up from 39% in June.

Meanwhile, support for Biden slipped 2%, to 27%, following a summer of gaffes on everything from school shootings to apparent confusion about which state he was visiting.

He was the first of 19 candidates to speak in New Hampshire over the weekend.

“We cannot, and I will not, let this man be reelected president of the United States of America," Biden said of Trump at the convention.

Support for Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris decreased over the summer. Sanders, who’s still polling second, is the top presidential choice for 19% of Democratic voters, while Harris has support from 7% of them.

Biden, a self-described “gaffe machine,” made headlines last month for saying he met with students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while he was still vice president; Mike Pence was in fact veep at the time of the tragic school shooting. Also last month, he enthused, “What’s not to like about Vermont?" while campaigning in New Hampshire.

It’s not clear how much primary voters really care about the verbal missteps. He himself insists they are innocent mistakes.

“Here’s the deal. Any gaffe that I have made — and I’ve made gaffes just like any politician I know has — have been not about a substantive issue,” he said last week on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.”

The third Democrat presidential debate is scheduled for this Thursday.

With News Wire Services