By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – New Hampshire – Hoosier daddy now? In the latest exclusive WBZ/Boston Globe/Suffolk University poll, Pete Buttigieg continues his remarkable post-Iowa surge.

Bernie Sanders is holding steady at 24 percent, but Buttigieg is up four points over last night with 23 percent, a virtual tie in a survey with a margin of error of 4.4 percent.

Elizabeth Warren takes over third place with 13 percent, and Joe Biden slips to fourth with 11 percent.

Mayor Pete’s gains don’t seem to be coming at the expense of Sanders, whose numbers haven’t changed much all week. Instead, Buttigieg seems to be attracting registered Democrats. And his biggest gains appear to be raided from key backers of Warren and Biden.

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Among women, Warren is down four points from Wednesday night and Buttigieg is up six.

And among voters over 65, a core source of Biden backers, Buttigieg has doubled his support overnight, a 16 point jump.

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The Buttigieg surge shows up dramatically in the numbers from Hillsborough County, the state’s largest, home to Manchester and Nashua, the type of urban/suburban mix where Democrats will have to run up the score in November.

On Thursday night, Buttigieg was pulling 27 percent there, a stunning 19 point increase since Monday.

Sanders is at 18, down six from his peak Hillsborough County showing on Tuesday.

Biden started the week tied with Warren at 19 percent there. Thursday night they were drawing 12 and 14 percent respectively.

“His movement is real,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. “For savvy older voters, it looks to me that when the electability argument went away for Biden, where else were they going to go? There’s nothing about him they dislike. His positions are close to Biden’s, and he’s the next most comfortable alternative to Biden.”

With this kind of momentum, says Paleologos, Buttigieg could run away with this race unless something happens to slow his roll. And if you’re his competitors, Friday night’s debate might be the last chance to do that.

The WBZ-TV/Boston Globe/Suffolk University tracking poll is a two-day rolling sample of 500 likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters which will continue through Sunday night.

Join WBZ Friday night at 11 for yet another chapter in this red-hot race.

Jon Keller

Comments (9)
  1. Damelia Mujica says:

    It would be a grave mistake if Buttigieg were to become the nominee. He doesn’t have relevant experience as the mayor of South Bend, IN. Additionally, he doesn’t have cross-cultural support which is neccesary to win. On the other hand, Bernie Sanders has that cross cultural support as well as a huge swath of the youth vote. Bernie also has a meaningul agenda and the backing of many unions and most environmental groups that will canvass for him alongside the his tremendous network of other volunteers. If we want to beat Trump, we better vote for Bernie!

    1. Tired of Idiots says:

      I hate to bust your bubble, but we don’t want to “beat Trump”, and no sane person would vote for Marxist Bernie.

  2. Ca Yusuf says:

    Ties him for lead? It pretty clear ONLY Bernie is leading.

  3. Robert Simmons says:

    Bernie won Iowa. The oligarchy is both Democrat and Republican. They fear Bernie, and they fear the people, even though all we want is a better life, a healthy planet, and an end to wars. What kind of people would fear that? Ask yourself that, and you understand the reason the country needs a political revolution.

  4. coolflow@comcast.net says:

    Can you imagine how the Muslims in the Mideast would react if a Buttigieg were president and he went over there for a state visit? If you recall that’s where they throw homosexuals off of buildings, or hang them on lamp posts!

    1. Equus15 says:

      So you’re saying we can’t elect anyone unless the murderous Saudis and their ilk approve? Spare me. They do anything to physically harm our President, and they quite literally will cease to exist within 24 hours. Can’t get much more of an act of war than harming POTUS. I don’t think the rulers in the Middle East are THAT stupid.

  5. Cap Nemo says:

    This is a media created farce, no one can jump 19 points in a poll in three days. They keep trying to make Pete a story to sell newspapers, Pete will fall out of sight after Super Tuesday.

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