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Klobuchar poll numbers going up as key debate approaches

Updated: January 07, 2020 06:19 PM

One week before U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar takes the stage in the final debate before the Iowa Caucuses, she's seeing some encouraging poll numbers.

In Iowa, a CBS News poll shows Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg in a three-way tie for first at 23 percent, with Elizabeth Warren at 16 percent and Klobuchar at seven percent. A CBS News poll in New Hampshire shows similar results, where Sanders leads with 27 percent, Biden at 25 percent, Warren at 18 percent, Buttigieg at 13 percent and Klobuchar at seven percent.

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"Someone would be a prohibitive favorite if they were up around 50 percent in the polls," Carleton College political analyst Steven Schier said. "Nobody is near that, and so I think there's a lot of uncertainty and that means there's a real upside for Amy Klobuchar."

That's especially true because she has one more time to make a positive impression on voters in a debate next Tuesday in Iowa. She's one of just five candidates to qualify so far, which would make it the smallest debate field so far in the 2020 campaign.

"She has a real opportunity to connect with rural voters and caucus-goers because no one else in the field really has identified them as a group to pursue," Schier says. "And being from Minnesota she has a lot of experience reaching out to people like that."

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