With a surge in the polls, the Democratic Party can’t write off Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) any longer. Sanders polling strength in both national and state polls forces the Democratic establishment to start taking him seriously.
In the past few weeks, “Democratic officials, political operatives, and pundits are reconsidering Sanders’ chances,” Politico reported. According to Real Clear Politics, their polling averages list Sanders in second place in Iowa, first place in New Hampshire and tied with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in Nevada. And according to a poll conducted by University of California, Berkeley Institute of Government Studies, Sanders is winning the Democratic nomination in California, which is a “crucial Super Tuesday state,” Common Dreams reported.
“We never talk about Bernie Sanders,” David Axelrod, a former Obama adviser, said on CNN. “He is actually doing pretty well in this polling.” He’s actually picked up. And the fact is Bernie Sanders is as consistent as consistent can be.”
Faiz Shakir, Sander’s campaign manager, said “it is harder and harder to ignore him when he’s rising in every average that you see.”
“I’d love to be able to argue why he stands a better chance to beat Donald Trump than Joe Biden,” Shakir said.
Throughout his campaign, Sanders has received much less national attention from corporate media than all of his Democratic rivals combined. But after the debate in Los Angeles last week, Sanders’ campaign raised more than a million dollars, which “was the highest for Sanders’ campaign during a debate day in 2019, which is just the latest sign of the momentum his campaign is seeing all over the country,” according to a statement made by the Sanders’ campaign.
“…people should take him very seriously,” Dan Pfeiffer, former Obama adviser, said.