Bernie Sanders Is Top Second Choice Candidate for Pete Buttigieg Voters: Poll

Former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg ended his presidential bid on Sunday night, announcing the “difficult decision” in an emotional speech.

Thanking supporters for helping him make historic wins in the primary race, Buttigieg, who became the first openly gay candidate to run a major presidential campaign, vowed to do everything in his power to “ensure that we have a new Democratic president.”

With the former mayor leaving his supporters to turn to another candidate in the crowded Democratic race, a recent poll conducted ahead of Buttigieg’s exit shines a light on who might stand to benefit most from his departure.

In the Morning Consult poll, which was conducted before Buttigieg’s exit between February 23 and 27, the majority of his supporters said Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would be their top second pick for president.

Twenty-one percent of Buttigieg supporters who participated in the poll, which saw a total of 13,428 Democratic primary voters surveyed, said they would go for Sanders as a second choice.

However, the other top candidates in the Democratic race did not fall far behind in claiming support from the Buttigieg base.