Exposing Hillary So She Won't Get Elected

Bernie in Iowa?

Another brick in the wall of Hillary’s Inevitable Coronation just tumbled: for the first time ever, a new poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers shows Bernie Sanders within single digits of Hillary Clinton.

These stunning results, unimaginable only a few months ago, are upending conventional wisdom about Clinton and, alongside her multiple brewing scandals, planting doubts among her supporters.

The Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register survey, conducted August 23-26, shows a steep decline in Clinton’s support among Iowa Democrats. A May Bloomberg/DMR poll found the former Secretary of State led Sanders 57 percent to 16 percent, with Vice President Joe Biden at eight percent. Now, Clinton leads Sanders by just seven points, 37 percent to 30 percent, with Biden in third place at 14 percent. No other candidate registers more than three percent support.

And Biden’s not even running (yet.) The vice president, who is expected to announce within the next month whether he will enter the 2016 race, draws on a similar base of support as Clinton, with a reservoir of goodwill among working-class Democrats and minority voters. And no email server scandals, etc., dragging him down.

The loss in position comes despite Clinton’s clumsy courting of voters in Iowa. She is, for example, the only candidate now running television ads in Iowa, and of course visited the Iowa State Fair for a few minutes of scornful mingling with the unwashed people she so loathes but so needs.

“It looks like what people call the era of inevitability is over,” pollster J. Ann Selzer, whose firm conducted the survey, told Bloomberg. “She has lost a third of the support that she had in May, so any time you lose that much that quickly, it’s a wake-up call.”

Sanders is most popular among younger and more liberal voters, the poll found; he nabs 50 percent support among voters younger than 45 and leads Clinton by five points among liberals.

Meanwhile, Sanders is well-positioned in New Hampshire, which hosts the first-in-the-nation presidential primary on February 9. Two recent surveys show Sanders leading Clinton by seven points.

That Clinton would lose even a single primary or caucus looked decidedly unlikely, if not wholly inconceivable, just a few short months ago. The latest polls of Iowa and New Hampshire, however, suggest that even if she ultimately triumphs, it won’t be any cakewalk.