Gaining ground

Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren climb in recent poll numbers

Senators Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have posted big gains in the Democratic primary field, The Hill reports, citing the latest Monmouth University poll, while former vice president Joe Biden maintains a significant lead.

Biden has 33 percent support, according to the poll, while Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has 15 percent. Harris has 11 percent, with Warren close behind at 10 percent. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, has 6 percent, while Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has 3 percent.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks to guests during an organizing event at the Orpheum Theater on January 5, 2019 in Sioux City, Iowa. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The poll showed Sanders on a steady decline, slipping from 25 percent in March, to 20 percent in April, to the current 15 percent.

“Women are commanding a larger slice of Democratic support than they were a few weeks ago, and we are seeing bumps in their individual voter ratings,” said Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray. “We can’t parse out the exact reasons from this one poll, but recent efforts by certain states to restrict access to abortion services may be playing a role in the closer look these candidates are getting right now.”

The Monmouth University survey of 334 registered Democrats was conducted between May 15 and May 20. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.4 percentage points.

Read the full story at The Hill.

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