A new poll shows likely Democratic primary voters said they believe Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) won the second-round 2020 presidential debates in Detroit last week.

According to the Politico-Morning Consult survey published Tuesday, 33 percent of voters said Warren’s performance was the best of all the Democratic candidates.

The poll also showed 44 percent of participants said Warren’s performance was “excellent.”

During last week’s debate, the progressive Massachusetts Democrat repeatedly faced criticism from moderate candidates like Sen. John Delaney (D-Maryland), who challenged her on issues like healthcare and economic reform.

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“I think Democrats win when we run on real solutions, not impossible promises,” Delaney said at one point. “When we run on things that are workable, not fairy-tale economics.”


“I don’t understand why anybody goes through all the trouble of running for President of the United States just to talk about what we really can’t do and shouldn’t fight for,” Warren countered later on to cheers and applause after facing continued opposition from Delaney and other centrist Democratic contenders onstage.

The new poll also revealed voters put Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) at second in terms of second-round debate performance with 18 percent support. Former Vice President Joe Biden was third with 14 percent, while Sens. Kamala Harris (D-California) and Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) rounded out the top five with 8 and 5 percent, respectively.

The rest of the 15 candidates who participated in the debates polled at 3 percent or lower, according to the new survey.

The Politico-Morning Consult poll also showed 42 percent of Democratic primary voters view Biden as the candidate who is most likely to defeat Trump in the 2020 general election.

The next Democratic debates have been set for Sept. 12 and 13 in Houston. The Democratic National Committee has said that candidates must earn at least 130,000 different donors and at least 2 percent support in four DNC-approved polls by Aug. 28 in order to qualify.

Thus far, eight contenders have met the qualification requirements for next month’s third-round debates: Warren, Sanders, Booker, Biden, Harris, South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete ButtigeigSen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas). Should 10 or fewer candidates qualify, only one debate night will be held in September.

Two candidates are close to attaining the requirements for the next debate round: businessman Andrew Yang and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro


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