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Mayor Pete leaps to 3rd place in new Iowa poll

Fabulous (and fabulous) news out of Iowa: Pete Buttigieg has landed in third place among caucus-goers in a new poll.

The rising popularity of the South Bend, Indiana mayor–and the first out-gay major party candidate–marks a decided increase from June, when he polled at just 6% among likely voters. The newest statistics show him running at 13% behind former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who are locked in a virtual tie at 18% and 17%, respectively. Buttigieg also polls ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who saw his support shrink to only 9%.

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As the first major party primary, the Iowa Caucus often sets the tone for the remainder of election season. In the past, candidates like Barack Obama and John Kerry have stunned the political world with upset wins over previous frontrunners like Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean, and can build enough momentum to win the nomination in future contests. Buttigieg has kept a stealth focus on Iowa during his campaign, opening a reported 20 offices in the state.

The news of the new poll comes at a delicate time, when former front runner Joe Biden’s numbers have plummeted, as have those of Bernie Sanders, amid the rise of Elizabeth Warren. Buttigieg has yet to rise to the top of the polls, though his latest numbers suggest his moment may be on the horizon.