Might be time for Granny Clinton to do some more softball “interviews” where she can choke up and cry about how hard it is to be a woman living in the lap of luxury. Maybe a bit more planned spontaneity to make her more human-like.
Bernie Sanders has drawn even with Hillary Clinton for the first time in Iowa, according to a new poll Thursday, underscoring the possibility that the once prohibitive Democratic favorite could lose both of the first two presidential contests.
Sanders edges Clinton 41% to 40% in a new survey by Quinnipiac University, overtaking the former secretary of state as she continues to be dogged by questions about her use of a private email server when she was in public office. Sanders trailed her by 21 points the last time Quinnipiac surveyed the field two months ago, and that margin has more or less held in surveys in Iowa throughout the summer — until recently.
Vice President Joe Biden, who is mulling a late entry into the race, collected 12% support in Thursday’s poll.
The CNN headline says Sanders “closes gap” with Clinton, which is interesting considering he’s actually leading now.
For Clinton, the poll will come as a sharp reminder of her 2008 race, when she also faltered in Iowa despite her once-inevitable nominee status. Clinton also trails Sanders in New Hampshire polling, the second nominating state.
Clinton still maintains solidly double-digit leads in national polls and remains the overwhelming favorite of the Democratic establishment. But Sanders’ rise has injected new drama to the Democratic race.
That all changes once she loses in Iowa and New Hampshire. It may actually be in her best interest to have some others enter the race at this point.