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Clinton Crushes Sanders nationally, Loses in Iowa

Two new polls have been released for the Democrats. The first national poll was released by ABC News/Wash Post, while the second poll was released for Iowa by Quinnipiac.

Hillary Clinton secured a victory in the national poll, but fell short to Bernie Sanders in Iowa.

National Poll

  • Hillary Clinton – 55%
  • Bernie Sanders – 36%

Iowa

  • Bernie Sanders – 49%
  • Hillary Clinton – 45%

While national polls are often considered the most important reflection of a candidates chances in an election, with the Iowa caucuses so close, a victory in Iowa for Sanders could create a wave of momentum that Clinton would struggle to overcome. The primaries are an early test of a candidates resolve and they can have a cascading effect, as we saw in 2008 when Barack Obama defeated Clinton.

Clinton continues to poll well nationally, but she has been struggling in both Iowa and New Hampshire as of late. Sanders has been focusing a large portion of his campaign effort on these two states and his persistence is starting to pay off. Heading into Iowa, Sanders is the current favorite and he has held a stranglehold on New Hampshire for a lengthy period of time.

The only early primary state that Clinton enjoys a consistent lead in is South Carolina. Sanders will struggle to win support in South Carolina, but that may change if he were to win both Iowa and New Hampshire.

As with any election, predictions are difficult. However, if Sanders can capitalize on early victories in Iowa and New Hampshire, the flood gates will open and he will have an amazing opportunity to seize the Democratic nomination.

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