The first contests of the 2016 Democratic primaries are still over 7 months away, but Hillary Clinton’s inevitability is suddenly looking not quite so inevitable after all. While the Republican primary field resembles a gathering of political has-beens and religious snake oil salesmen, the Democrats have just 4 candidates in the race so far, with only Hillary Clinton being taken seriously by the media up to this point. That could be about to change.
A new poll from New Hampshire shows Senator Bernie Sanders rapidly gaining ground on Hillary Clinton, a sign that he has the potential to provide a strong challenge to her from the left, and also to force the media to pay attention.
Sen. Bernie Sanders is just 12 percentage points behind Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to a new online poll.
While the poll has a 6-percentage-point margin of error, it highlights Sanders’s strength as a liberal insurgent against Clinton.
Forty-four percent of Granite State Democratic primary voters back Clinton, who won the state’s primary in 2008, according to poll by Morning Consult. But 32 percent support Sanders, the independent senator from neighboring Vermont. The next closest potential candidate, Vice President Biden, came in third with support from 8 percent of Democratic primary voters. (Source)
Bernie Sanders still has a lot of voters to convince between now and February, but if this momentum continues, Hillary Clinton is going to have a fight on her hands. Many left-leaning independents (myself included) and liberal Democrats haven’t appreciated Hillary Clinton’s close ties with Wall Street, especially those Elizabeth Warren supporters who seem to have finally accepted the fact that Warren will not be running for president in 2016.
Hillary Clinton has tried to not anger her Wall Street friends while appealing to populist sentiments on the economy at the same time, and it’s not quite working so well.
This past Saturday, in her first major speech to kick off her 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton called for a new era of shared prosperity in America and told thousands at a presidential campaign rally Saturday that workers can trust her to fight for them.
No surprise really, it’s a message every Democratic candidate must convey in order to have a shot at the big prize. She did a great job of explaining what the economic problems are, but said nothing about how she would fix it. As with most candidates, it’s hard to trust anyone when speeches are inconclusive and answers are not forthcoming. (Source)
There’s a growing frustration with Hillary Clinton as a candidate, and nobody else in the race can outflank her on the left other than Bernie Sanders.
This is the second poll showing that Bernie Sanders is growing in popularity as people get to know him and his message – a message which, coincidentally I’m sure, Hillary Clinton has tried to adopt parts of – but without the same passion he’s delivered it with for decades.
The question is, can Bernie Sanders win the 2016 Democratic nomination? Yes, he’s still a long shot when faced with the political machine that Hillary Clinton has assembled, but remember that President Obama wasn’t taken seriously as a candidate against her at first in 2008 either. Let’s go ahead and make this clear, regardless of whether Senator Sanders or Hillary Clinton is the nominee, I will vote for them over any of the possible Republican candidates. However, until a winner has been announced, I’m with Bernie Sanders.
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