She just keeps moving on up.

Courtesy of NBC News

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., continue to top the Democratic 2020 presidential field after last week’s debate — in a race for the nomination that breaks along ideological and racial lines, according to a national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday.

The survey also shows that Warren has the advantage in enthusiasm, and that she gets the most second-choice support.

Biden leads the overall horserace with backing from 31 percent of Democratic primary voters (up 5 points since July), while Warren gets 25 percent (up 6 points).

They’re followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at 14 percent (up 1 point), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is at 7 percent (unchanged) and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., at 5 percent (down 8 points).

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang gets support from 4 percent of Democratic primary voters, and Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., both get 2 percent.

At this point at least it appears that the top three canddiates are pretty set and that they wil remain in the top three barring any serious scandals or health concerns. 

The part of this poll that really caught my eye was the enthusiasm gap:

While Warren narrowly trails Biden in the Democratic horserace, she holds the advantage in enthusiasm.

Thirty-five percent of Democratic primary voters say they’re “enthusiastic” about Warren (which is up 9 points since June), another 35 percent are “comfortable” with her and just 6 percent are “very uncomfortable.”

That’s compared with 23 percent who are enthusiastic about Biden, another 41 percent who are comfortable and 13 percent who are very uncomfortable — essentially unchanged since June.

Bernie Sanders’ numbers are 25 percent enthusiastic, 37 percent comfortable and 12 percent very uncomfortable.

Warren also gets the most second-choice support in the horserace, with 21 percent of Democratic primary voters picking her as their second choice — followed by Sanders at 16 percent, Buttigieg at 12 percent and Biden at 11 percent.

I think that enthusiasm number is a key indicator as to whether people will donate to a campaign, attend a rally, or can be relied upon to turn out and vote in November of next year. 

I always felt that enthusiasm was lacking with Hillary Clinton in 2016.

I liked her, I thought she was extremely well qualified, but she never inspired me or excited me about her campaign. 

Elizabeth Warren is different, and I think that difference makes her a formidable opponent for Donald Trump in the general.