A new poll from PPP reveals that Bernie Sanders is gaining ground on Hillary Clinton in North Carolina.
According to PPP:
On the Democratic side Hillary Clinton still has a dominant lead, but things are tightening up some in the way that they are in other places across the country. Clinton’s at 55% to 20% for Bernie Sanders, 7% for Jim Webb, and 4% each for Lincoln Chafee and Martin O’Malley. Clinton’s dropped from 62% to this 55% standing over the last month, while Sanders has made an almost corresponding lead from 14% to 20%. Webb’s up 2 points from a month ago, and Chafee and O’Malley have stayed in place.
Clinton’s polling over 70% with African Americans, 60% with liberals and women, and 50% with moderates and voters in every age group. The 2 places she is doing a little weaker are with white voters where she leads Sanders 45/24 and men where her advantage is just 46/29.
Bernie Sanders has solidly become Hillary Clinton’s main challenger for the Democratic nomination. Martin O’Malley is going nowhere fast, and the others have no chance to catch Sanders.
Hillary Clinton remains the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination, but she is being pushed by Sen. Sanders in a way that the media never anticipated. Sanders’s rise in the poll can be attributed to Democratic voters getting to know him.
The popularity of Sen. Sanders is spreading to all parts of the country. Bernie Sanders is a national candidate with a national base of support. The media still has a tendency to treat Sanders like he is a bit of a novelty, but beyond presidential primary politics, there is a real movement building that will continue long after the contest for the Democratic nomination has been decided.