Tightening Race Between Sanders and Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire

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The newest poll results from the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg Politics show that although Hillary Clinton is still in the lead with 49 percent, Bernie Sanders is still showing strong numbers with 39 percent.

According to Sander’s campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, the final results will be determined on who shows up on voting night. There is strong support for Bernie from young people and first-time voters. Meanwhile, Weaver says Clinton “draws support from 64 percent of those 65 or older, while Sanders draws support from 58 percent of those younger than 45” and “leads by sizable margins with women (54 percent to 35 percent) and the highest income group, earning $100,000 or more (55 percent to 30 percent).”

Clinton’s numbers in the new Iowa poll are up from October, mostly due to Joe Biden’s decision to stay out of the 2016 presidential race. It seems many of Biden’s supporters have decided to back Clinton.

The poll also identified various strengths and weaknesses of the candidates. Some important notes were that Sanders is stronger on many topics, such as “will do the most to rein in the power of Wall Street”, “will fight the hardest for the middle class”, and “is most honest and trustworthy.”

Clinton is stronger than Sanders in categories such as “has the most appropriate life experience to be president” and “can best combat Islamic terrorism.”

Looking at the categories that each excels in, it may just depend on what matters the most to those who turn up to vote.

In New Hampshire, Sanders leads Clinton by 5 percent. The final vote in New Hampshire could depend on who wins first in Iowa.

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Alexandra Jacobo is a dedicated progressive writer, activist, and mother with a deep-rooted passion for social justice and political engagement. Her journey into political activism began in 2011 at Zuccotti Park, where she supported the Occupy movement by distributing blankets to occupiers, marking the start of her earnest commitment to progressive causes. Driven by a desire to educate and inspire, Alexandra focuses her writing on a range of progressive issues, aiming to foster positive change both domestically and internationally. Her work is characterized by a strong commitment to community empowerment and a belief in the power of informed public action. As a mother, Alexandra brings a unique and personal perspective to her activism, understanding the importance of shaping a better world for future generations. Her writing not only highlights the challenges we face but also champions the potential for collective action to create a more equitable and sustainable world.

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