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Popcorn: New State Poll Finds Sanders Trailing Hillary Clinton By Just Single-digits

Perhaps it's too early to sound the alarm bells. But a new poll does find that, far from being a fringe candidate polling in the low single-digits, Vermont Senator and self-declared socialist Barry Sanders is climbing the polls in key battleground states.

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In Wisconsin, for instance, he currently trails Hillary Clinton by only eight percentage points—a surprising feat given both his underdog status and far-left politics (via The Hill):

Wisconsin Democrats might not be ready for Hillary Clinton, as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) finished just 8 percentage points behind Clinton in a new Badger State straw poll.

Clinton finished with 49 percent of voters at the state party convention; Sanders finished in second place with 41 percent of the vote. Vice President Biden and former Gov. Martin O'Malley (Md.) tied at third with 3 percent of the vote. Former Sen. Jim Webb (Va.) followed with under 2 percent, and former Gov. Lincoln Chafee (R.I.) closed out the poll with 1 percent.

Hillary's erosion in support could be attributed to several factors; as The Hill notes, Sanders’ commitment to collective bargaining rights is certainly among them. Let's not forget that in a state like Wisconsin, that's a bread-and-butter issue. At the same time, my hunch is that mostly progressive activists participated in the survey, not average, run-of-the-mill primarygoers. This might explain why Sanders is currently exceeding all expectations, and, astonishingly, giving Hillaryworld cause for concern.

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Nonetheless, this is the first sign we’ve seen anywhere, to my knowledge, that the polls are tightening even a little bit, and that another candidate other than Hillary Clinton is generating buzz and headlines.

We'll seen how long this lasts.

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