Pete Buttigieg has more momentum than any other candidate in the Democratic presidential race. The South Bend, Indiana mayor has been surging in recent polls and has found himself in the top-tier in early primary states alongside former Vice President Joe Biden and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, but his rise hasn’t stopped there.
On Tuesday, November 12, the latest Monmouth University poll was released and it was none other than the 37-year-old Buttigieg who has become the new front-runner among potential Democratic voters in the Iowa caucus.
Buttigieg leaped a whopping 14-points since the last Monmouth poll in August and now leads his political foes with 22 percent support among likely Democratic Iowa caucusgoers.
Biden sits in second-place with 19 percent support, while Elizabeth Warren checks in with 18 percent support. The only other candidate to register double-digits in the Monmouth poll is Bernie Sanders at 13 percent.CNN
“Buttigieg is emerging as a top pick for a wide variety of Iowa Democrats,” Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said about Buttigieg’s surge, via The Hill. “While he has made nominally bigger gains among older caucusgoers, you really can’t pigeonhole his support to one particular group. He is doing well with voters regardless of education or ideology.”
If Buttigieg can keep his momentum going, we could see him emerge not only as an early state front-runner but as the candidate to beat in the Democratic field.
Pete Buttigieg Bio & Personal Life
Born: January 19, 1982 (37 years old)
Political Party: Democratic Party
Education: Saint Joseph’s High School, Harvard College, University of Oxford, Harvard University
Pete Buttigieg was born in South Bend, Indiana to Jennifer Anne Montgomery and Joseph Buttigieg, who were both professors at the University of Notre Dame. His father immigrated to the United States from Malta, while his mother was a lifelong Indiana native.
Buttigieg was a commissioned Naval intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve and deployed to Afghanistan in 2014. Buttigieg was deployed overseas for seven months. During his time in the military, he earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his counterterrorism work.
Buttigieg was just 29 years old when he was elected in 2011 and is currently in his eighth and final year as the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. During his re-election big in 2015, Buttigieg won a whopping 80 percent of the vote.
Buttigieg is the first openly gay municipal executive in Indiana and has been married to his husband, Chasten Glezman, since June 16, 2018. The couple began dating in August 2015.
Pete Buttigieg Political Stances
A quick look at Buttigieg’s political stances shows that he is in favor of stricter gun laws, raising taxes for the rich, raising the minimum wage, and is also in line with the left major social issues. A full breakdown of his political stances can be seen on iSideWith.com.
You can learn more about Buttigieg on his official website.