According to poll averages calculated by Real Clear Politics, Joe Biden's bad primary luck in Iowa and New Hampshire might continue in the upcoming primary and caucus states. To add insult to injury, his competitor Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has taken over the lead in national poll averages as of Feb 11 and is now polling at 23.6 percent ahead of Biden's 19.2 percent.
Biden still polled ahead Sanders and other competitors for the Democratic presidential nomination in South Carolina. In Nevada, where a caucus is coming up in five days, Sanders was already ahead of Biden by 3 percentage points.
Pete Buttigieg, whose fared well in the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, was notably absent from the leading spots in the upcoming primary and caucus states. Yet, the field in Nevada is more fragmented than almost anywhere, adding a possible element of surprise to the caucus process that lets supporters of less popular candidates reconsider their support as the caucus moves along.
In national poll averages too, Buttigieg was overtaken by Michael Bloomberg, who is funneling millions of dollars into his own campaign, and found himself in rank five as of Feb 12. Bloomberg meanwhile occupied rank three at 14.2 percent after spending heavily on ads.