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Pete Buttigieg Sees No Bump in Post-Debate Polls

Pete Buttigieg

The first post-debate polling shows that out Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg did not enjoy any bump in his standing.

Unlike Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, the South Bend, Ind., mayor did not appear to get any significant increase from his debate performance, and now sits in fifth place.

A CNN poll conducted by SSRS shows Harris and Warren significantly cutting into a lead previously enjoyed by former Vice President Joe Biden.

That poll shows Biden dropping 10 percentage points in standing to 22 percent. Meanwhile, Harris, of California, leaped 9 percentage points and has the support of 17 percent of registered Democratic voters. Warren, of Massachusetts, climbed to third place, with 15 percent, while Vermont Sen.  Bernie Sanders dropped to fourth place, at 14 percent.

Buttigigieg saw his support in the CNN poll go down 1 percentage point, and he now sits at just 4 percent support in that survey. Most polling shows Buttigieg with slightly higher standing.

A Hill-HarrisX poll shows Buttigieg at 6 percent.

That survey shows Biden holding onto more support after the debates than the CNN poll suggests. Hill-HarrisX found Biden sitting with 33 percent, still an 18-point lead over Harris, who rose to 11 percent in the poll but remains behind Sanders, at 15 percent. The survey finds Warren at 9 percent.

A Politico poll was conducted immediately after the debates and found similar findings as the Hill-HarrisX poll. It shows Biden at 33 percent, Sanders at 19 percent and Harris and Warren tied at 12 percent. Buttigieg comes in with 6 percent.

All three polls were taken after the conclusion of the first Democratic primary debates in Miami. There, Buttigieg made history as the first out candidate to participate in a nationally televised presidential debate.

While the polling shows little gain for Buttigieg, most show him holding his ground. He also did enjoy a significant fundraising boost in the second quarter, raising a stunning $24.8 million. He was the first major candidate to announce quarterly totals, which are due by July 15.

The next debate will take place in Detroit July 30 and 31. Based on fundraising, Buttigieg has qualified for the debate stage, and he presumably will doubly qualify as long as his standing in polls stays over 1 percent. He will need to stay above 2 percent in the polls to retain his place in the third and fourth debates, when the threshold for fundraising and support increases.

Based on his standing now, he’s in no danger of losing his place on the stage. But he also must start improving his standing if he wants to be the Democratic nominee for president.

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