Despite every possible advantage propping her up, Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton barely “won” Iowa — and questions remain over whether she did actually win. She trails in New Hampshire polls, where Sanders is leading by a 2-to-1 margin — 61% to 30%.
And now, the latest national poll released today shows what was once a huge 31-point lead nationally for Hillary Clinton has virtually disappeared. Indeed, the two candidates are now in a statistical dead heat in the new Quinnipiac University poll released today.
As the Hill reports:
The poll released Friday finds Clinton leading the race with 44 percent support, compared to 42 percent support for Sanders, within the survey’s margin of error.
The last iteration of the poll in December had Clinton leading Sanders nationwide by a 61-30 point margin.
“Democrats nationwide are feeling the Bern as Sen. Bernie Sanders closes a 31-point gap to tie Secretary Hillary Clinton,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
The poll also finds that Sanders matches up better with top Republican primary candidates than Clinton.
In head-to-head matchups the Vermont senator leads GOP front-runner Donald Trump by 10 points, edges Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) by 4 points and ties Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
While Clinton still tops Trump by 5 points, she ties Cruz and trails Rubio by 7 points.
Clinton and Trump have the highest unfavorable ratings in the poll, whereas Rubio and Sanders have the highest favorable ratings.
All of the latest polling is really quite astonishing when you consider all of the advantages on Hillary Clinton’s side — unparalleled name recognition, huge sums of money and a Democrat party and liberal media in the tank for her. It almost makes one wonder if the only way Hillary Clinton can win is to steal the election. Something she apparently seems to be figuring out, judging by how Iowa went down.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]