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CNN’s John King: Warren’s Campaign ‘Has a Clear Problem Close to Home’

• March 3, 2019 3:53 pm

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CNN host John King on Sunday said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) may be losing support for her presidential bid in the early primary state of New Hampshire.

"Sen. Elizabeth Warren does have a clear problem close to home. The University of New Hampshire poll released Thursday showed weak numbers for Warren, the Democratic senator from neighboring Massachusetts," King said. "Now to be fair, only 5 percent of Democratic voters in the state said they have definitely decided on a candidate."

Regardless of the 5 percent figure, King said Warren's numbers are down in several of the questions asked in the poll.

"In August, for example, she polled at 17 percent when New Hampshire Democrats were asked to pick from a list of likely candidates," King said. "In the new poll, she dropped to 7 percent. Plus, 13 percent said they would never vote for Warren under any circumstances. That is higher than any other Democrat, and only 3 percent of New Hampshire Democrats named Warren as the most likable Democratic candidate."

Warren has consistently languished well behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) in recent polls, the Washington Free Beacon reported last month.

A University of Massachusetts poll, conducted online by YouGov and released Wednesday, showed more of the same, with Warren (9 percent) in fourth place, well behind Biden (28), Sanders (20) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) (14).

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Warren finished third with 11 percent support in a Change Research poll in January in New Hampshire, and she was fourth with 9 percent support in an Optimus survey released earlier this month.

Since forming her exploratory committee in December and officially announcing her candidacy on Feb. 9, she has laid out several policy proposals, including an "ultra-millionaire" tax that would place a two-percent tax on those with assets of $50 million or more and a three-percent tax on those with $1 billion or more. She also rolled out her plan for universal child care in mid-February, saying it would be funded by her proposed tax.