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A new poll out this week shows former New York Mayor and gun control sugar daddy Michael Bloomberg surging past Elizabeth Warren and vaulting into third place in the field of candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination.
The survey, released Thursday, showed Bloomberg’s support ticking up 4 percentage points to 11 percent from from a Jan. 13-14 poll. Warren dropped 2 points, to 9 percent.
Other candidates registering in the single digits included former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, at 5 percent, and businessman Andrew Yang and billionaire Tom Steyer, who each received 4 percent. The rest of the White House hopefuls polled at 2 percent or less.
Warren has struggled to rebound nationally after peaking at 19 percent support in October.
But Warren isn’t the only top-tier candidate to slide in the polls ahead of Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Progressive rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) dropped 2 points, to 17 percent.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, meanwhile, maintained a double-digit lead over the field, with 29 percent support.
The Hill-HarrisX crosstabs show that Bloomberg’s advantage is among Democrats who are at least 50 years old, and it’s voters over the age of 65 who really seem to be warming to the billionaire.