Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) campaign is doing backflips over a new poll that has shown their candidate dramatically increasing support among African-American and Latino voters.
The new CNN/ORC poll shows Hillary Clinton’s lead over Sanders is down by 8 points –from 58 percent to Sanders’ 30 percent at the end of November, to 50 percent vs. 34 percent in the survey conducted Dec. 17-21.
CNN said, though, that Hillary had 45 percent support before last Saturday’s debate and 60 percent after the debate.
Fifty-nine percent of Democrats surveyed thought Clinton would have the best chance to win the general election. Her unfavorable rating ticked up a point to 51 percent, compared to 36 percent for Sanders.
Sanders, who has put considerable effort into outreach in minority communities, has jumped from 1 percent support among non-whites in April to 32 percent in the most recent poll.
Sanders told CNN from Iowa this morning that his campaign has come a long way from the low single digits when he announced his candidacy.
“Today we perhaps are in the lead in New Hampshire. We’re, I think, closing in here in Iowa. And your poll seems to indicate we have national momentum,” Sanders said.
“So I think we have come a really long way in seven-and-a-half months, and we are feeling really good. We have a tremendous volunteer network all over this country. We are raising significant sums of money from small, individual contributions. So at this point, I have to tell you, we’re feeling good.”
Sanders was in Chicago on Wednesday, holding a roundtable on criminal justice reform and an immigration townhall at a Mexican restaurant.
Clinton spent her post-debate week on her 20th visit to Iowa, unveiling plans to battle Alzheimer’s disease.
“You know, it’s an odd thing when you run for office and particularly when you run for president — and you are out there meeting people and sometimes you meet them for a minute or five or 10, sometimes you have longer to sit and talk with them,” Clinton told an audience in Fairfield, Iowa.
“And so often they will tell you things that they preface by saying, ‘I’ve never talked to anybody else about this, but….’ And then they will tell me about what’s happening in their family with Alzheimer’s or what’s happening with some other challenge,” she said.
“I think we need to be listening to one another and supporting one another. This campaign, particularly coming from the other side of the aisle with the Republican candidates, has gotten mean-spirited. And the rhetoric has been hateful towards so many people. We are better than that and we need to stand up and demonstrate it all the time.”