Yes, I know. I know. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. (D-Dementiaville) is leading the RealClearPolitics national polling average, 12 points ahead of Bernie Sanders (S-USSR), Elizabeth Warren (D-1/1024th of a Plan), and Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Church of Social Justice). But the entire country does not vote at one time in the Democratic primary. In the first two early states, Mayor Pete is ahead of the pack.
In Iowa, Buttigieg leads with 24 percent, with Sanders (18.3 percent), Warren (17.7 percent), and Joe Biden (16.3 percent) falling behind. Mayor Pete’s New Hampshire lead is smaller, but Buttigieg (20 percent) still beats Sanders (17 percent), Warren (14.3 percent), and Biden (13.7 percent). With less than two months until the Iowa caucuses, a Mayor Pete double-win is quite plausible.
In the latest version of their “power rankings,” CNN’s Chris Cilizza and Harry Enten put Buttigieg in second place behind Biden.