Bernie Sanders Surges In New Primary Polls, Clinton Loses Ground

Bernie Sanders

According to recent polling, Bernie Sanders has been putting up a fight in Iowa and putting distance between himself and Hillary Clinton by increasing his lead in New Hampshire.

The most recent NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows that in Iowa, Clinton now has just a three-point lead over Sanders with Clinton at 48 percent and Sanders gaining momentum at 45 percent. Martin O’Malley has around 5 percent in Iowa.

In New Hampshire, the poll found Sanders at 50 percent and Clinton at 46 percent, with O’Malley laying claim to just 1 percent of the vote.

What was originally brushed off as nothing more than a fringe candidate’s valiant effort is now a full-fledged political force leading a modern intra-party political revolution.

With Iowa in just three weeks and New Hampshire’s primary in just over a month, the Democratic primary has become more contentious, with the Clinton camp nervously throwing jabs at Sanders over his stance on guns.

Clinton recently blasted Sanders on Hardball referring to saying, “When it really mattered, Sen. Sanders voted with the gun lobby, and I voted against the gun lobby, “ referring to the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act,” legislation that the Senate passed in 2005 to protect gun manufacturers from liability lawsuits.

Sanders’ campaign fired back: “People will remember that Secretary Clinton has been all over the map on guns, she’s been very conservative on guns, she’s been very liberal on guns. People will remember the attacks she leveled against then-Sen. Barack Obama, now President Barack Obama, back in 2008 on guns, when she was tacking to the right on this,” said Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver on CNN’s New Day.

Now with her lead shrinking in Iowa and Sanders’s lead widening in New Hampshire, establishment favorite Hillary Clinton will surely be facing a competitive run that she could not have foreseen.

Mike A. Hewlett

Mike Hewlett is currently serving as Politics and Policy Chairman for Memphis Forward, a city organization working toward progressive policies in the Memphis area. Mike has worked for the Bernie Sanders campaign in Field Organizing and Communications at the Memphis, TN campaign office.