Biden ahead of Trump by double digits in key state of Pennsylvania, poll finds

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading the pack of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, has been buoyed by a message that he is the candidate best able to defeat President Donald Trump in a general election, and a new poll lends additional weight to that assumption.

Biden leads Trump 53% to 42% in the key state of Pennsylvania among registered voters, according to a poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University.

Women favored Biden 60% to 36%, while men narrowly broke for Trump 45% to 49%. Biden led every age group (although he was only favored by two percentage points among those ages 50-64). He was narrowly the choice of white voters (49% to 45%) and the overwhelming favorite among non-whites (70 to 27%). 

Trump had a strong lead among white men (54% to 41%) and whites without a college degree (56% to 38%). 

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Perhaps most importantly in the politically divided state, Biden led Trump by 14 percentage points among independent voters. 

But Biden was not the only Democratic candidate who was favored by registered Pennsylvania voters. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders led the president 50% to 43%, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren led him 47% to 44% and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg led Trump by one percentage point, 45% to 44%.

The poll found California Sen. Kamala Harris tied with Trump at 45% and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke losing to him, 46% to 44%. 

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