At first blush, the newest poll on the Democratic presidential caucus in Iowa doesn’t bring much great news for former Maryland congressman John K. Delaney, one of two dozen contenders. Despite being the first candidate to enter the race, in July 2017, and despite having visited all 99 Iowa counties, Delaney was mired at 1 percent in the latest poll, which was taken June 2-5 for the Des Moines Register and CNN.
But that puts Delaney in pretty decent company. Also clocking in at 1 percent in the poll: Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former Housing and Urban Development secretary Julian Castro, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang.
And it puts Delaney ahead of Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, California Rep. Eric Swalwell, and author Marianne Williamson — all of whom scored less than 1 percent in the poll (in fact, de Blasio wasn’t named by a single Iowa voter — ouch!).
Former vice president Joe Biden led the poll with 24 percent, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 16 percent, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 15 percent, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 14 percent, California Sen. Kamala Harris at 7 percent, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke at 2 percent each.
The poll of 600 likely caucus-goers had a 4-point margin of error.