The Bernie Sanders campaign is showing impressive momentum as we head into the Iowa Democratic caucuses this week.
Bernie has a slight lead over his primary rival, Joe Biden, in most Iowa polls. Nationwide, he has 23.5% support compared to Biden’s 27.2%. Elizabeth Warren is in third place with 15%, followed by Michael Bloomberg with 8% and Pete Buttigieg with 6.7%.
Relying mainly on small donations, Sanders was able to spend a whopping $50 million during the last quarter of 2019 (that’s at least $15 more than Biden and Warren) and finish the year with $18.2 million still in the bank. According to reports, Biden finished the year with $8.9 million.
Bernie’s ever-expanding bank account will give him an advantage as we move closer to Super Tuesday, the 14-state primary that requires candidates to spend millions of dollars on advertising.
“The Super Tuesday states are terribly expensive,” says Republican consultant Jeff Roe. “You need to be able to participate in major media markets to get your share of the votes – you can’t just rely on momentum alone…You need to have that war chest.”
This week, Bernie reserved $2.5 million in TV ads in California and Texas.
He also earned some free publicity by arguing with Hillary Clinton, who recently said this about him: “Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done, he was a career politician. It’s all just baloney and I feel so bad that people got sucked into it.”
Later, Clinton said she would support any Democratic candidate in the hopes of defeating Trump.
Author’s Note: Bernie’s fairytale promises have deluded an astonishing number of voters. He is on a roll moving into the primaries and will probably earn a substantial number of delegates. Unfortunately, Bernie is a Socialist and therefore has no understanding of economics. The crowning achievement of his long Senate career is the naming of a post office.
Editor’s Note: Bernie has more momentum in terms of fundraising and poll numbers than any of the other top candidates coming into the initial primaries. Bloomberg is lower in the polls but is rising and has unlimited funds. Could it be that Biden, Warren, Buttigieg and the rest of the field are all toast? Could this end up a Bloomberg vs Bernie shoutout? What a rush THAT would be! Can we PLEASE throw in Hillary as a wildcard???