Former Vice President Joe Biden claims to still be the Democrat frontrunner in an upcoming 60 Minutes interview.

Biden, who has fallen behind rivals like Sens. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in both fundraising and polling, was asked by CBS News’s Norah O’Donnell if he still considered himself the candidate to beat in the field of 2020 Democrats.

“I know I’m the frontrunner. Find me a national poll with a notable – a couple exceptions. The last four that have come out – but look, this is a marathon,” Biden responded. “This is a marathon.”

The former vice president maintained the claim even after pushback by O’Donnell, who noted both Warren and Sanders have significantly more money in their campaign coffers.

“I just flat beat them,” Biden said, before adding, “We’re on a course to do extremely well. I’m not worried about being able to fund this campaign. I really am not, truly.”

Contrary to the former vice president’s assertion, most media outlets on both the left and right have deemed him to no longer be the frontrunner. In particular, outlets like Politico and The Washington Post have pointed to polls showing Biden well behind his rivals in the early caucus and primary states.

Since starting this campaign in late-April, Biden has dropped from leading by as much as double digits in states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. A poll released from Iowa this week showed the former vice president in fourth place, trailing not only Sanders and Warren, but also South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Iowa Democratic Caucus:

Warren 28 (+4 Since last Month)Buttigieg 20 (+7)Sanders 18 (+2)Biden 12 (-4)Klobuchar 4 (+1)Harris 3 (-2)Steyer 3 (+1)Gabbard 2 (-4)Yang 2 (-1)Everyone else 1% or less

Iowa State University/@Civiqs Pollhttps://t.co/TFEtJZaDBB

— Political Polls (@PpollingNumbers) October 24, 2019

In New Hampshire, where Biden once led by more than 15 percentage points, the former vice president has been eclipsed by neighboring state rival, Warren. In fact, Biden has not led Warren in the first primary state since mid-September.

CBS News Poll – New Hampshire Democratic primary (change from last):

Warren 32 (+5)Biden 24 (-2)Sanders 17 (-8)

Same story as the rest of the Democratic polls at the moment – Warren climbing up as Biden slides and Bernie slowly fades away. pic.twitter.com/eQzbnovCkR

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 13, 2019

NEW Monmouth poll among registered New Hampshire Democrats and unaffiliated voters who are likely to participate in the 2020 N.H. Democratic primary:

Warren – 27%Biden – 25%Sanders – 12%Buttigieg – 10%Harris – 3%Booker – 2%Gabbard – 2%Klobuchar – 2%Steyer – 2%Yang – 2%

— Amanda Golden (@amandawgolden) September 24, 2019

A similar situation has played out nationally, although to less of a degree. In the weeks after Biden first announced his campaign, he led the field by as much as 32 percentage points. In comparison, a Quinnipiac Poll from this week found the former vice president trailing Warren, 21 percent to 28 percent, respectively. A similar Quinnipiac Poll taken just before the most recent Democrat presidential primary, which most pundits agreed was not Biden’s best performance, had seen Warren leading the former vice president more narrowly, 30 percent to 27 percent.

Other national polls from around the same time, found Biden similarly displaced as the frontrunner:

#National @YouGovUS/@TheEconomist Poll (RV, 10/13-15):Warren 29%Biden 25%Sanders 13%Buttigieg 7%Harris 5%Gabbard 3%Klobuchar 2%Yang 2%O'Rourke 2%Booker 1%Bennet 1%Delaney 1%Steyer 1%Castro 0%Williamson 0%Ryan 0%Messam 0Sestak 0Bullock 0https://t.co/uSdkD01Van

— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 17, 2019

National Democratic Primary:Warren 29%Biden 27%Sanders 12%Buttigieg 7%Harris 6%@AvalancheStrat 10/1-4https://t.co/j1LTmpnlqI

— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 17, 2019

Biden’s squandered lead in the polls has coincided with a drop-off in fundraising. Even though Biden started the race with a strong funding advantage, due to his connections with high-dollar donors, the former vice president ended the most recent fundraising quarter well behind his competitors. In between July and the end of September, Biden only raised $15.2 million. The sum was dwarfed by that raised by Sanders ($25.3 million), Buttigieg ($19.1 million), and Warren ($24.6 million).

Posing more of a problem for the former vice president, however, is that his campaign has spent heavily since announcing in late-April, depleting his total cash on hand to just $9 million at the end of the third quarter. His rivals, on the other hand, still have campaign coffers brimming with cash, especially Sanders who finished the reporting period with more than $33 million on hand.

All of that has led to even Biden’s former Obama administration colleagues, such as David Axelrod, acknowledging he is no longer the frontrunner.

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