National Poll Shows Bernie Sanders Way Ahead In Democratic Race; Former Front-runner Joe Biden Falls To Distant 2nd; Mike Bloomberg Rising In 3rd Place

Vermont Senator and self-described Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders has an imposing lead in the race to become the party’s nominee to face President Donald Trump in November.

With 32%, Sanders’ numbers are double that of the second place holder, former Vice President Joe Biden, who sits way back at 16%. Biden has seen his numbers collapse after leading the race for most of the last year.

In 3rd place–and steadily rising–is former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, who sits right behind Biden at 14%. Just weeks ago, Bloomberg was barely registering in the polls, but the billionaire politician has spent more than $400 million in advertising since entering the race.

Biden’s campaign is wobbling after months of favorable polls showing him running well ahead of the rest of the pack. Now the former veep is pinning his hopes on a revival in heavily Black South Carolina, where his campaign hopes to pull off a win there next week.

Biden reportedly met with former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams last year amid speculation that he would ask her to join his presidential ticket.

But with Biden no longer the favorite to win the Democratic nomination, Abrams on Monday appeared on The View and ambitiously stated that she’d accept a VP nod from whomever wins the nomination.

Tonight, NBC News and MSNBC will host a debate between the 6 candidates who qualified for the live debate in Las Vegas: former Vice President Joe Biden; former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg; Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Bloomberg is expected to be on the defense during the event, after his opponents have all accused him of trying to buy the race.

The poll was conducted for ABC News and The Washington Post.

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