By Nikki Schwab, Senior U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com
Published: 18:35 GMT, 12 November 2019 | Updated: 18:51 GMT, 12 November 2019
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg has popped to the top of the pack of Democratic candidates in Iowa, the state that holds the first caucus.
November's Monmouth University Poll shows Buttigieg with 22 percent support, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 19 percent, Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 18 percent and Sen. Bernie Sanders with 13 percent support.
This is the first time the 37-year-old gay veteran has ever gotten first place in any poll, and while Biden's and Warren's numbers are within Buttigieg's factoring in the margin of error - the mayor has gained 14 points since Monmouth's August poll, now joining the top tier of Democratic primary candidates in the state.
Democratic presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg is now in the top tier of Democratic hopefuls in Iowa a new Monmouth University Poll shows
Former Vice President Joe Biden (left) came in second place in the survey, though when voters' first and second place choices are factored in, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (right) outperforms Biden in the state
Sen. Bernie Sanders is in fourth place in Iowa, the survey showed. Nearly half of Sanders' supporters said their second place pick would be the ideologically similar Elizabeth Warren
The Iowa Democratic caucus has a unique format that could also be beneficial to Buttigieg, the new survey indicates.
On caucus night, candidates must receive 15 percent support at a