Shouldn’t Hillary, who has the advantage of experience and name recognition, be soaring in the early election polls? That, a new report finds, is not the case. New NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist College surveys show that the former Secretary of State is still having trouble distancing herself from Bernie Sanders.
The polls, which both had a margin of error of +/- 4.8 percent, showed that Clinton had 48 percent among likely Iowa caucus-goers, compared to Sanders’ 45 percent and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's 5 percent. In New Hampshire, however, the poll found Sanders had 50 percent among likely primary voters, compared to Clinton's 46 percent and O’Malley's 1 percent.
The Clinton campaign even admitted to supporters in an email how “nervous” they were about a second place finish in either the Iowa Caucus or New Hampshire primary.
“not trying to be dramatic about this situation (I swear! I’m really not!), but there’s a situation developing in Iowa and New Hampshire that could change the course of this election.”
Sanders has been able to gain steam with Democratic voters for his passionate defense of progressive values. Additionally, while Sanders has not exactly capitalized on Clinton’s email scandal as he should, the larger public is not likely to forget it - especially as more and more classified emails surface.
Oh yeah, and Martin O’Malley is still running too.