(WPTA21) — South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the new Democratic front-runner in Iowa according to a recent poll.
Buttigieg holds a clear lead in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, climbing to 25% in a new CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers.
The poll marks a 16-point increase in support for Buttigieg since the September CNN/DMR poll. The survey follows other recent polls showing Buttigieg joining the top tier of the Democratic primary race in Iowa.
There is a close battle for second place among the Democratic candidates, with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren polling at 16%, and former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders each at 15%.
Since September, Warren has dropped six percentage points, Biden lost five, but Sanders gained four points. Read the full polls results here.
Our partners in news ABC57 reported that South Bend has been the subject of controversy for years after the Common Council sued Buttigieg’s office for release of South Bend Police Tapes.
The tapes allegedly contain phone calls that include racist comments made by South Bend police officers. Conversations about Darryl Boykins, the city’s first black Chief of Police, can also allegedly be heard on the tapes.
Buttigieg’s significant rise in polls comes after heavy investment of his time and money in Iowa. CNN reports that over the last few months, Buttigieg has built one of the largest on-the-ground operations in the state, supplemented by a robust advertising campaign and strong public appearances, including a speech at the Democratic Party’s biggest event of the year earlier this month in Des Moines. Read more here.