APTOPIX Election 2020 Debate

Democratic presidential candidates from left, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and businessman Tom Steyer vie to answer questions during a Democratic presidential primary debate Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles.

New Hampshire voters are casting ballots Tuesday in the first-in-the-nation primary to decide which Democratic candidate they prefer to face President Donald Trump in November.

Ahead of Tuesday's voting, Minnesota congresswoman Amy Klobuchar jumped into third place in two New Hampshire polls released over the weekend. The surveys by Emerson College and Suffolk University put Klobuchar at 14 percent and 13.6 percent, respectively. That put her ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

The Suffolk University poll showed a 7.6-point increase for Klobuchar after what many considered a strong showing in Friday night’s Democratic debate. Similarly, Klobuchar went up 5 points in the Emerson College poll after the debate.

A different poll released Sunday by the University of New Hampshire and CNN, however, still showed Klobuchar in fifth place at 6 percent.

In the Emerson College poll, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders holds a commanding lead at 30 percent, with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 23 percent. Warren was at 11 percent and Biden 10 percent.

“While Sanders has a lead going into the election, Buttigieg has closed the gap and could still pull off a New Hampshire surprise, as he and Sanders are within the margin of error,” said Spencer Kimball, director of Emerson College Polling in a statement. “Klobuchar continues to move up, but she trails the top two candidates by a significant margin. Warren and Biden could get as high as third, but the data had them going in the wrong direction.”

The Suffolk University poll also shows Sanders leading in the Granite State at 26 percent, with Buttigieg at 19 percent. Biden and Warren were both at 12 percent. That poll also found that Buttigieg was the top second choice among respondents at 14.5 percent. Sanders registered 12.5 percent on that question, with Klobuchar at 12 percent and Warren at 11.6 percent. Biden was the second pick for just 6.7 percent of participants, while 29 percent said they were undecided on a second choice.

As with the Emerson and Suffolk polls, the University of New Hampshire/CNN poll also shows Sanders leading by 7 points over Buttigieg, 28 percent to 21 percent.

Biden is third in that tally at 12 percent, with Warren at 9 percent. Klobuchar is fifth at 6 percent and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard saw her best polling numbers yet at 5 percent. Gabbard has been renting a place to live in New Hampshire since December and essentially skipped the Iowa caucuses.

Polls close at 7 p.m. local time.

Ted Dabrowski is president of Wirepoints. Opinions expressed are his own.