Election 2020

Bernie Opens Up Massive Lead in NH, Is SC in Play Now?

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Rough day in Granny Pander Land. First, more proof that she did really, really bad things with her private email shenanigans. Now the White Wizard of Freebies has a 27-point lead over her in the latest New Hampshire poll.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has opened up his widest lead yet over rival Hillary Clinton in the crucial state of New Hampshire, according to a new poll released Tuesday.

The new WMUR/CNN poll out this afternoon shows the Vermont lawmaker with a whopping 27-point lead over the former Secretary of State — 60-33 percent. That’s a climb of 10 percentage points for Sanders since mid-December and a drop of 7 points for Clinton. It marks Sanders’ highest support and widest lead in any poll in any state so far.

The shift comes despite the Clinton campaign waging an all-out blitz on the Granite State since the New Year.

In addition to a full slate of town halls, rallies and organizing events, Clinton has deployed high-profile surrogates like actress Lena Dunham, U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach, Sen. Al Franken and women’s tennis legend Billy Jean King – along with daughter Chelsea and former President Bill Clinton, who made several stops along the Vermont border where Sanders is most popular.

There isn’t anything resembling momentum surrounding Hillary at this point. She looks like she may be about to blow this “inevitable” chance in even more spectacular fashion than she did in 2008. After all, Barack Obama was a legitimate rising star for the Democrats back then.

Bernie Sanders is, well, Bernie Sanders.

Most polling at the moment indicates that Hillary will still win Iowa but that might be changing. Venerable pollster Nate Silver still sees it as almost a lock, but the latest Quinnipiac poll shows Sanders surging ahead, picking up nine points in a month while Hillary lost seven.

Should the improbable geriatric Democrat defeat the inevitable geriatric Democrat in both Iowa and New Hampshire, would that bring South Carolina into play for Sanders despite Mrs. Bill currently enjoying a huge lead there?

South Carolina Democratic Congressman Jim Clyburn thinks it’s possible: