While it may have seemed from the start that Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in for the Democratic Party, recent polls show that we may just a have a real race on our hands.
Bernie Sanders, the socialist who began his campaign with scattered support throughout the country, has been steadily improving over recent months and has eclipsed Hillary in a few polls.
While Hillary’s reputation has taken a blow with the discovery of her secret email server (and her inability to tell the truth), she is still the frontrunner in most states.
Amongst Democratic caucus-goers in Nevada, the most recent poll shows Hillary in the lead with 23 more points than Sanders. In Iowa, however, she is almost tied with her socialist opponent (Clinton 50, Sanders 45). And Sanders has taken the lead in New Hampshire with 56 points to Hillary’s 42.
In third place is O’Malley with support in the single digits.
Let’s take a look back to September: Bloomberg Politics shows Clinton with 33% nationwide to Bernie Sanders’ 24%. At the time, Vice President Joe Biden held 25% Democratic support.
An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll in late September showed Clinton leading with 45% to Sanders’ 35%. Compare that to the same poll from two months earlier, in which Clinton had 59% to Sanders’ 25%.
With the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries hardly a month away, we can expect increased action from the Clinton and Sanders campaigns. And just to get you thinking: according to a Quinnipiac poll from mid-December, Sanders would win if paired against Donald Trump (51-38). Hillary Clinton would also win if paired against Donald Trump (47-40).