Pete Buttigieg is surging in Iowa, with a new poll showing the South Bend, Indiana, jumping over some of the more established candidates and into third place.
The new survey from Emerson Polling showed that 11 percent of voters wanted Buttigieg to be the 2020 presidential nominee. In past polls, Buttigieg had hovered near the bottom as he worked to build up name recognition in a crowded field that includes Senators Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, and Elizabeth Warren.
Former vice president Joe Biden was ahead in the Iowa poll with 25 percent support, followed by Bernie Sanders at 24 percent. Biden has not yet announced whether he will be running, though has been giving hints of an intended run. Buttigieg has yet to officially announce after forming an exploratory committee.
Experts said the recent surge is especially important for Buttigieg, who needs to strike while the iron is hot, using the attention to build his name recognition.