With Democratic race narrowing, Clinton rips into Sanders

01/13/2016 05:54 |

With Democratic race narrowing, Clinton rips into Sanders

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders now leads the party's longtime front-runner Hillary Clinton by 14 points in the state of New Hampshire, which holds the nation's first primary elections, according to the latest poll.

A poll released on Wednesday by Quinnipiac University showed Sanders winning 49 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa, compared to 44 percent for Clinton.

"After three months of Secretary Hillary Clinton holding an average 10-point lead among Iowa Democrats, the playing field has changed", said Peter A. Brown assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll in a statement.

This is a significant drop for Clinton as last month she was up by 11 per cent.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is ripping into rival Bernie Sanders, saying the Vermont senator offers unrealistic policies and overstates his anti-establishment credentials.

Chelsea Clinton said Sanders wants to dismantle the 2010 Affordable Care Act and pursue a single-payer system at a time when the Republican-controlled U.S. Congress is intent on undermining President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Women have been considered an important bloc for the former secretary of state; in November, Clinton led Sanders among by almost 20 points among the demographic.

When faced with votes on the Brady Bill in the House, "Bernie Sanders actually voted against it", Gross said.

Sanders is benefiting from a base of supporters that is more enthusiastic than Clinton's - and he got an unexpected boost from Vice President Joe Biden, who said Sanders has credibility on the issue of income inequality. "The inevitable candidate for the Democratic nomination may not be so inevitable today". She took a shot at the Vermont senator when asked by a young voter how to best galvanize young Americans, who are excited about Sanders' candidacy. Two polls released Tuesday illustrate the cause for her concern.

On Sunday, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll said Clinton was leading by only three points in Iowa.

"I'm feeling great", she said, "You always have to work hard and be running hard".

As the primary moves to states like SC and Nevada, where many black and Hispanic voters live, Sanders' challenges mount, considering that non-white voters overwhelmingly favor Clinton over him.

Other polls have shown Clinton ahead of Sanders in Iowa, but they similarly found Sanders closing the gap there.

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