Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the new frontrunner in new Iowa poll

A CNN/Des Moines Register poll shows the presidential hopeful beating out Sen. Warren, Sen. Sanders and former VP Biden with a commanding lead.
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Transcript for Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the new frontrunner in new Iowa poll
Next to politics and a shakeup in the race for 2020. A new candidate surging to the front in a new poll in Iowa. Pete buttigieg, in the lead among democratic caucus Goers. Here's whit Johnson. Reporter: Tonight, a surging mayor Pete buttigieg shaking up the race for president with new front-runner status in Iowa. I've been feeling momentum and a sense of when people hear the message, they connect with it. Reporter: That new cnn/"des moines register" poll showing buttigieg with a commanding lead over senators Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and former vice president Joe Biden, jumping 16 points in 2 months. The South Bend, Indiana, mayor has the most offices in the state. His message seeming to resonate. And other moderate Democrats see an opportunity to jump in like former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick. So you see your own lane in this crowded field? I do. I do. I think it has to be an agenda that also is used as an opportunity to bring us together. Reporter: And former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg continuing to test the waters. He's criticized his potential rivals for apologizing too much for their pasts. Joe Biden went out and apologized for being male, over 50, white. Beto, whatever his name is, he's apologized for being born. Reporter: But today in a speech at a predominantly black church in Brooklyn, Bloomberg with his own apology, saying he regrets his controversial stop and frisk policy, a policy he defended for years. I now see that we could and should have acted sooner, and acted faster to cut the stops. I wish we had. I'm sorry that we didn't. Reporter: The top ten candidates will meet on the debate stage in Georgia on Wednesday. And with the rising poll numbers, mayor Pete could now final himself a target. Whit, thank you. Now to the surprise play from Colin Kaepernick.

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