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Elizabeth Warren opens up lead in Dem primary, new poll shows

According to the poll published Thursday, Warren comes in at 28% to Biden's 21%.

Senator Elizabeth Warren is opening her lead in the Democratic primary after a tight race with former Vice President Joe Biden, according to a new national Quinnipiac University poll. 

According to the poll published Thursday, Warren comes in at 28% to Biden's 21%. The two candidates are followed by Senator Bernie Sanders at 15%, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 10%, Senator Kamala Harris at 5% and Senator Amy Klobuchar with 3%. None of the other candidates topped 1%. 

A Quinnipiac poll released earlier this month, before the fourth Democratic debate, also showed Warren leading, but by fewer points. 

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Warren is also winning the question of which candidate has the best policy ideas, according to the poll. 30% say Warren has the best policy ideas, followed by Sanders at 20%. 

Biden still leads in the question of who would be the best leader at 28% to Warren's 24%, with Sanders following at 13%. 

Responders to the Quinnipiac poll still think Biden has the best chance of defeating President Trump in the general election, but he's not polling as strong in this question as he once was. 42% of those polled thought Biden had the best chance of defeating Trump, down from 48% in the last poll. Warren comes in second at 20% and Sanders follows with 14%. 

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Elizabeth Warren, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (Nick Wagner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

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