The latest on the presidential horse race.

Days Before Iowa, Clinton Leads Sanders

The Iowa vote takes place on Monday and the Democratic nomination is a close one. In the latest poll by Public Policy Polling, Hillary Clinton managed to beat Bernie Sanders by a decent margin.

Which Democratic candidate would you vote for?

  • Hillary Clinton – 48%
  • Bernie Sanders – 40%
  • Martin O’Malley – 7%

Clinton may be leading Iowa in this poll, but the recent polling trends show that both candidates are neck-and-neck. In recent campaign appearances, Clinton has been hammering Sanders, trying to attack his credibility and dismantle his platform. While she is still an extremely popular candidate due to her name recognition, she struggles to capture votes from young voters and the typical demographics that do not vote.

On the other hand, Sanders has found a way to captivate the hearts and minds of young voters and he has made serious strides in the non-voting demographic. A victory in Iowa would go a long way for Sanders and it could open up an opportunity for him to clean up in the early primaries. Current polling trends place him well ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire, but he continues to struggle in South Carolina.

Martin O’Malley has no chance of winning, but his 7 percent support total is an attractive number for both candidates and it could be enough to tip either Sanders or Clinton over the edge in states that are too close to call.

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