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Clinton 'Can Be Beaten' as Sanders Shows New Surge in Iowa
Matching trends previously seen in New Hampshire, a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll released Saturday shows that Sen. Bernie Sanders is trending upwards in the key early primary state as he closes the gap with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
As the Register reports:
This is the first time Clinton, the reporting noted, that the former secretary of state and longtime presumptive front-runner has dropped below the 50 percent mark in four polls conducted by the Register and Bloomberg Politics this year.
Two recent polls out of New Hampshire showed that Sanders is now the presumed frontrunner in that state.
Responding to the latest survey in Iowa, Steve McMahon, a Virginia-based Democratic strategist who has worked on presidential campaigns dating to 1980, said the latest numbers “suggest that she can be beaten.”
On Friday, both Sanders and Clinton spoke at the Summer gathering of the Democratic National Committee, a summit for party insiders and delegates where Sanders warned attendees that unless Democrats can arouse genuine enthusiasm among voters based on serious policy solutions they will have no chance of winning elections in 2016.
“Let me be very clear,” Sanders said. “Democrats will not retain the White House, will not regain the Senate, will not gain the House and will not be successful in dozens of governor’s races unless we run a campaign which generates excitement and momentum and which produces a huge voter turnout.” He added, “With all due respect, and I do not mean to insult anyone here, that will not happen with politics as usual. The same old, same old will not be successful.”
Offering a solution to the Democrats most faithful supporters, Sanders said that his campaign has a clear strategy of fomenting deep political change. “We will win in 2016, not just the White House, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, but Statehouses all across the country,” he said, “because we are going to create an unprecedented grassroots movement which taps into the American people’s desire for real change in this country.”
Watch Sanders’ full remarks at the DNC meeting below:
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