A new Marquette Law School Poll of Wisconsin found that Bernie Sanders is closing the gap on Hillary Clinton. The Democratic front-runner’s lead has shrunk from 44 points to twelve.
According to the Marquette Law School Poll, “On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton leads with 44 percent, followed by Bernie Sanders at 32 percent and Joe Biden at 12 percent. Lincoln Chaffee, Martin O’Malley and Jim Webb each receive less than 1 percent support. In April, Clinton had 58 percent support and Biden 12 percent while Sanders was not included in the April poll. Elizabeth Warren, who was not included in this poll, had received 14 percent support in April.”
As with other recent polling, it isn’t that Clinton is losing all of her support. It’s that Bernie Sanders is gaining. Clinton’s support did decline by 14 points since April, but Bernie Sanders has gained 18 points of support over where Elizabeth Warren was in the spring poll.
Sen. Sanders (I-VT) has gone from not being in the first poll to being competitive with former Sec. of State Clinton before Labor Day. Bernie Sanders set his first crowd record of the 2016 campaign at a rally in Madison. Sanders has become a bona fide national candidate by breaking his own crowd records in venues all across the country.
The mainstream media is obsessed with Donald Trump, but it is Bernie Sanders who is packing them in at his campaign events.
The Wisconsin poll numbers are very good news on all fronts. A competitive primary benefits Hillary Clinton by making her campaign stronger. A competitive primary helps Bernie Sanders build a national movement to change American politics by taking back power from the right-wing billionaires, and whether the Democratic Party wants to admit it, a competitive primary is good for the party because it engages people in the process and creates discussion about the issues that matter.
Much of the focus is on the early states of Iowa and New Hampshire, but Bernie Sanders is demonstrating that he is capable of being competitive in other states. Sanders is showing no sign of losing steam as his political revolution is gaining strength in Wisconsin.