Bernie Sanders Beats Clinton in New Hampshire, Closing Fast in Iowa

Bernie Sanders
The Associated Press
Washington, DC

Vermont socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading fellow Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by nine points in New Hampshire, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll.

Clinton is hemorrhaging votes to both Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and even to possible Democratic candidate Vice President Joe Biden.

In New Hampshire, Sanders caught up and surpassed Clinton since the last poll was conducted in July, when he was behind Clinton by 10 points. Sanders has 41 percent of support in New Hampshire from Democratic voters. Clinton is at 32 percent.

Even Biden is at 16 percent, even though he isn’t officially in the race. No other Democratic candidate has more than one percent support in the poll.

The NBC News/ Marist poll of New Hampshire was conducted Aug. 26 to Sept. 2 with 966 voters. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.2 percent.

In an early-primary state, Iowa, “Clinton maintains her previous advantage over Sanders — but her lead has declined from 24 points in July (49 percent to 25 percent) to 11 points (38 percent to 27 percent); Biden sits at 20 percent,” said NBC News.

The NBC News/Marist poll of Iowa was also conducted between August 26-September 2nd with 998 registered voters. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percent.

The polls also suggest that Biden is more popular than Clinton and he also would do better in the general election. Biden’s favorability numbers are much higher than Clinton’s in both New Hampshire and Iowa.

According to the polls, GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush beat Clinton in Iowa. In comparison, Biden loses to Bush in a match-up but has a four-point edge on Trump.

In New Hampshire match ups, Clinton beats Trump by one point but loses to Bush by five. Bush beats Biden by one point in a matchup, but Biden beats Trump by nine points.