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Sanders closes the gap with Clinton in national poll

by | Mar 29, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) [AP]

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) [AP]

We haven’t written for a while about the comings and goings of Hillary Clinton and Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) One of these two pro-abortionists-to-the-hilt will be the Democrats’ presidential nominee this fall and while everything still points in the former Secretary of State’s direction, there are lots of cross-currents.

To begin with, there was Sanders’ not unexpected sweep last weekend of caucuses in Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. Caucuses play to Sanders’ strengths, just as primaries (especially in the South) tend to be in Clinton’s wheelhouse.

Much more surprising are the results of a new national poll released today.

“While Clinton maintains a very large lead in the delegate contest, national support in our most recent NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll shows a race that has dipped to only a 6-point difference between the candidates among registered Democrats and Democratic-leaners,” write Hannah Hartig, John Lapinski, and Stephanie Psyllos. “This is the smallest gap since the beginning of the tracking poll in late December.”

The difference, according to NBC News, from two weeks ago to last week is four-fold. In the survey of 6,521 adults, Sanders reassumed a small advantage among men, 47% to 45%; Clinton’s colossal lead among African-Americans dipped slightly (to 64%); she dropped five points among Hispanics (from 50% to 45%); and among white voters, she received the support of 45%–a 3-point drop.

One other of many items we could track. As the party favorite, Clinton is receiving the overwhelming support of so-called “superdelegates” who tend to be long-term party operatives.

Sanders’ campaign is targeting superdelegates in areas where Sanders did well. For example, Denver.

To this point in time, there has been no public backing away from Clinton among superdelegates. But that could change if Sanders does better-than-expected in New York’s massive April 19 presidential primary.

Oh, by the way, one other item. Clinton–you know, the “feminist” who demands to be treated no differently than a man would be–is whining yet again. You recall that months ago her supporters conjured up a wholly imaginary tale of Sanders’ “sexist” behavior that was so painfully insincere, it made your teeth grind.

Now Clinton is refusing to debate Sanders before the New York primary because (as she told pollster Joel Benenson on CNN Monday):

Senator Sanders doesn’t get to decide when we debate, particularly when he’s running a negative campaign. Let’s see if he goes back to the kind of tone he said he was going to set early on. If he does that, then we’ll talk about debates.

Even the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, whom the Democrats have in their back pocket, found this preposterous. He wrote today that Sanders

has totally avoided talking about Clinton’s private email server and the FBI and State Department investigations into it — insisting that “no one cares about your damn emails” even while polling suggests lots of people do.

In a genuinely negative or nasty campaign, Sanders would have spent most days this year slamming Clinton as dishonest and untrustworthy for her initial decision to set up the private email and for her subsequent insistence that the server never needed to be turned over to a third party investigator. He could be saying that Clinton represents too big a risk for Democrats to nominate because of the investigations looming over her.

Sanders has done none of that. But, he doesn’t tell people not to boo Clinton at his events! THE HORROR! WHY SO NEGATIVE!!!

Of course, as Cillizza (and everyone else) knows, the real reason Clinton is avoiding another debate is because she is comfortably ahead in delegates and is content to try to “run out the clock.”

For all the attention given to the Republican presidential fight, it is helpful to occasionally read/hear the media concede that all is not perfectly copasetic with their favorites.

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