Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) seems to be growing her share of support from black voters, even though most have been slow to warm up to her campaign.
A new poll from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal found Warren in second place among black voters with 13 percent support. This is her best showing in any poll to date. That number is up from 8 percent in the previous survey from July.
An Economist–YouGov survey released Wednesday found Warren’s support among black voters at 11 percent, up from 5 percent in July. And the latest Politico–Morning Consult survey found Warren gaining 5 points among black voters.
Former Vice President Joe Biden still dominates the field of candidates with black voters, and he will be the favorite to win the nomination unless that changes. Biden has 49 percent support from black voters in the NBC-Journal poll, a 36-point lead over Warren.
But Warren is beginning to see new signs of life here after public opinion surveys from earlier in the cycle showed her languishing in the single digits among black voters. Some raised concern that her appeal was limited to wealthy white liberals on the coasts.
Democratic strategists believe that Warren’s gains are enough to indicate that black voters are at least open to considering her candidacy.
Only 9 percent of voters in the NBC-Journal poll said their minds are definitely made up, and Warren is the top second choice for voters.
“She’s expanding her coalition, and that’s a credit to her strategy and messaging and the bottom-up campaign she’s built to this point,” said Democratic strategist Antjuan Seawright.
The new polling comes after a strong week for Warren.
The Massachusetts Democrat garnered the endorsement from the Working Families Party, which backed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in 2016.
Warren’s campaign said that more than 20,000 people attended her Monday night rally in Manhattan, drawing attention and dismissive remarks from President Trump, who said “anybody could do that.”