Mayor Pete Buttigieg is now the frontrunner in the state of Iowa, according to a new poll released by the Des Moines Register.
The poll shows Buttigieg leading the pack of 2020 Democrats with 25 percent of the vote — nine points ahead of second-place candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is now in third place with 15 percent of the vote, as well as Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Buttigieg softened some of his hard-left rhetoric in recent weeks, offering a health care plan that allowed Americans to choose whether they wanted a government health care plan or to stay on their private insurance.
Democrats remain skeptical of his chances in South Carolina, as polls show he is struggling to win black Democrats.