New Quinnipiac Poll Shows Elizabeth Warren Ganking Black Voters Away from Biden

Written by Ann Brown
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., during a town hall style gathering in Woburn, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The polls are more than fluid at this state of the 2020 presidential race. But some of the most recent polls have candidate Elizabeth Warren nearly catching up to or actually tying with the frontrunner, former vice president Joe Biden. And it seems Warren is gaining some slight inroads with Black voters, who in the past have solidly supported Biden.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University, Warren and Biden are deadlocked in a tight  race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“The poll shows Warren at 27 percent and Biden at 25 percent among Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic, and is the first major national poll to show Warren in this strong a position since polling in Iowa and New Hampshire also found the two knotted at the top of the field,” CNN reported. 

And while Biden is still the favorite with Black voters, Warren is grabbing this crucial demographic bloc’s attention.

As one person tweeted: 

“An anecdote to go along with this poll…

My (Black) mother said: ‘I’m really liking Warren. She’s got a lot of spunk.’

‘I don’t have confidence that Biden has what it takes.’

‘Bernie? Absolutely not.’”

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“Her plans to cancel student debt and make colleges tuition-free could find particular appeal to younger African-American voters, who borrow money to finance higher education more often than any other racial group and whose debt loads at graduation are often higher,” Bloomberg reported.

The Quinnipiac poll also showed Warren’s increasing consolidation among Black voters. 

“Her support among that has climbed dramatically in recent months, from 4 percent in July to 8 percent in August to 19 percent now. Biden’s support among Black voters, meanwhile, has dipped from 53 percent to 40 percent over the same time,” CNN reported.

But Warren still has a long way to go to totally capture Black voters. As one person tweeted: “I’m not thrilled with Biden (Disclaimer: If he’s the nominee, he’s got my vote), but I’m pleased by Warren’s numbers, as she’s historically had some issues getting through to Black voters.”

“Biden still leads among Black voters, who form a core part of his support nationwide. He has the support of 32 percent of African Americans, with 24 percent for Warren. Harris, who is Black, comes in third, with 18 percent,” The Los Angeles Times reported.