According to recent polls in both Democratic strongholds and swing states, Bernie Sanders’ once insurgent campaign is snowballing into a serious movement.
In the critical swing state of Colorado, where Sanders once trailed Hillary Clinton by as much as 28 points prior to the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, Sanders is now ahead of Clinton by 6 points. The new numbers were released today by the Washington Free Beacon, which also showed Sanders leading the former Secretary of State and First Lady among voters under 30 by a 46-point margin. Furthermore, Sanders led with a 40-point advantage among women voters under 30. In Colorado, which has a significant Hispanic element in its Democratic electorate, Hispanics are supporting Sanders over Clinton by a margin of 41-38. Colorado Democrats will caucus on March 1.
Additional polls show Sanders’ campaign is swaying voters in early March primary states, as well. In Massachusetts, Sen. Sanders is leading Clinton by 7 points, according to a Public Policy Poll (PPP) conducted between February 14 and February 16. This is a significant change from previous polls, which had Clinton leading Sanders in the Democratic stronghold state by a 25-point margin in a Boston Globe/Suffolk poll in November. An Emerson College poll in October had Clinton ahead by 34 points.
The same PPP poll that had Sanders ahead in Massachusetts also shows Bernie with an insurmountable 76-point lead in his home state of Vermont. This all comes on the heels of the news of Sanders passing Clinton for the first time in a national poll yesterday, as a Fox News poll showed Sanders beating the Democratic frontrunner by 3 points. However, Bernie has some catching up to do in states with a predominantly-black Democratic voting bloc — Clinton is leading in 10 of the 12 early primary states surveyed by PPP.
Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact Tom via email at [email protected]