The Democratic primary contest just got real as a new poll of New Hampshire revealed that Bernie Sanders has taken a seven-point lead over Hillary Clinton.
A new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald Poll found that Sanders has erased what was at one time 30+ point lead for Clinton in the state. The Senator from neighboring Vermont has led a 37 point net turnaround in the polling. In March, Clinton led the same poll 44%-8%, and voters have seen their enthusiasm dip for her campaign.
According to The Boston Herald, “Just 35 percent of likely primary voters say they are “excited” about Clinton’s campaign, according to the poll. And 51 percent of voters say that while they could support her, they aren’t enthusiastic about her White House bid.
And while 80 percent of likely Granite State Democrats view her favorably, just 38 percent of those say they have a “very” favorable impression.”
The record crowds that Sanders is drawing around the country are beginning to translate to success in the polls.
Former Sec. Clinton is intentionally running a low-key campaign that is focused on policy proposals while Sen. Sanders is barnstorming the country with a populist call for a political revolution. Within this context, it is understandable why voters would be more emotionally engaged with Sanders.
Bernie Sanders is running an insurgent grassroots campaign as Hillary Clinton is focusing on November 2016. The top Democrats are running two very different kinds of campaigns. The grassroots populist Sanders has been gaining for months, and he just claimed his first polling victory in New Hampshire.
Democrats have a real contested primary on their hands, as Bernie Sanders’ momentum has reached a new high.