Sanders Beating Hillary In Iowa And New Hampshire
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has increased his lead over rival Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire and is now beating her in Iowa, according to new polls tracking the Democrat Party primary released Tuesday.
A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Sanders beating Clinton by 5 points, 49-44 percent. This lead is just above the survey’s 4-point margin of error.
This shows a significant turnaround for Sanders, who trailed Clinton in the same poll by 11 points only a month ago. To make matters worse for Clinton, Iowa voters appear to be settling in on their choice: only 3-percent are undecided and 20-percent who name a candidate say they may change their mind.
A separate Monmouth University poll, also released on Tuesday and tracking the Vermont race, shows Sanders taking a commanding lead over Clinton. He is now beating her 53-39 in the Granite state, whereas a November Monmouth poll showed Clinton having a slight lead.
A majority of New Hampshire voters, 52-percent, say they have set their minds on their choice for the Democrat Party nominee; more of Sanders’ voters have settled in than Clinton’s backers, too.
A Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll released this week also shows Sanders with a four-percentage-point lead in New Hampshire.
A third poll, conducted by CNN with local New Hampshire news station WMUR, shows Sanders ahead of Clinton by 10 points.
The economy is top consideration for voters in both states. Sanders’ message of tackling Wall Street corruption and crony capitalism appears to have taken hold, according to these surveys.
Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, lagging far behind in third place with about 5 points in both states, could become a factor in Iowa, notes Quinnipiac. If he drops out before the Iowa caucus and endorses Clinton, that could be enough for her to cinch the race there.