Bernie Sanders has overtaken Hillary Clinton in Iowa just 10 days before the caucuses there, according to a new poll.
A CNN-ORC poll released on Thursday found Sanders taking 51 percent support in Iowa over Clinton at 43 percent. Clinton led by 18 points in the same poll from December.
However, the poll found that among those who participated in the 2008 caucuses, Clinton leads Sanders 55 to 38.
Clinton still leads in the RealClearPolitics average of Iowa polls by 4.7 points, but recent surveys show the race has tightened considerably after she appeared to have pulled away from Sanders in the fall.
Now, the Iowa caucuses appear headed for a photo finish, which should energize Sanders’s supporters heading into New Hampshire, where he’s opened up a small lead over Clinton.
Clinton supporters continue to believe that the largely white, progressives in the first two voting states play to Sanders’s strengths. They believe that Clinton’s dominance over Sanders among minority voters will propel her to victory once the contests turn to more diverse states in South Carolina, Nevada and the Deep South.
Clinton is still viewed as the better general election candidate by most Democrats in the poll, 60 percent of whom said she’d be more likely to defeat the Republican candidate in November.
Source: The Hill | Jonathan Easley