A new 2020 primary poll has some really bad news for Bernie Sanders

A fresh 2020 Democratic presidential primary poll released Wednesday shows Sen. Bernie Sanders in a distant third place among a large pack of potential Democratic nominees — a troubling sign for the Vermont independent, who is mulling whether to make another run for the White House.

A Suffolk University poll of New Hampshire Democratic primary voters found Sanders trailing Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden in the New Hampshire Democratic primary. In the poll, Warren leads the pack with 26 percent, followed by Biden with 20 percent and Sanders a distant third with just 13 percent.

The result is not good for Sanders, who defeated Hillary Clinton in the first-in-the-nation primary by a massive 60 percent to 38 percent.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 08: From left, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Russell Feingold, D-Wisc., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., participate in a news conference on Senate ethics reform legislation in the Senate TV studio on Monday Jan. 8, 2006.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (R) walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) walks with President Barack Obama through the Colonnade as he arrives at the White House for an Oval Office meeting June 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. Sanders met with President Obama after Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination for president.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 9, 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivers a statement after his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama (not pictured) at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) walks with President Barack Obama through the Colonnade as he arrives at the White House for an Oval Office meeting June 9, 2016 in Washington, DC. Sanders met with President Obama after Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination for president.

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US President Barack Obama walks with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders through the Colonnade for a meeting in the Oval Office on June 9, 2016 at the White House in Washington, DC.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane leave the West Wing of the White House after his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama, and Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, walk to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Obama said yesterday he expects Democrats to unify soon behind their presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, and that her divisive primary contest with Sanders was healthy for the party.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks with U.S. President Barack Obama to the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 9, 2016.

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Polls this far out from an election typically are a test of voters’ familiarity with a candidate, and that candidates’ favorability among voters. So, for so many New Hampshire voters to already be changing alliances is bad news for a possible second Sanders bid.

“Primary polls this far out are normally nothing more than a test of name recognition,” Stu Rothenberg, a non-partisan political handicapper, said in a phone interview. “And you would think that the people who voted for Bernie Sanders last time are still for him. The fact that they’re not is at the very least interesting and probably something of a warning to Sanders, if he’s considering another run.”

Of course, it’s unclear whether Warren will run. She’s denied that she plans to throw her name into the crowded ring of 2020 Democratic primary hopefuls. But plenty of candidates have denied they were planning to run and went on to do just that.

Now we know that if she does, she’s an early favorite among Democratic voters in New Hampshire. The state borders Massachusetts, where Warren serves as senator. And many New Hampshire residents actually get their news from Boston television stations, as the Boston media market bleeds across state lines.

“Warren is a populist outsider who is critical of corporate insiders,” Rothenberg said. “She has that same message, but is a different messenger who is a little younger and actually a Democrat.”

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