US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders now leads the party’s longtime front-runner Hillary Clinton by 14 points in the state of New Hampshire, which holds the nation’s first primary elections, according to the latest poll.
Among likely New Hampshire voters, 53 percent choose Sanders, compared to 39 percent who choose Clinton, the Monmouth University Poll found.
The new poll also shows that Clinton has lost her advantage over Sanders among registered Democrats, women and older voters.
Sanders has surpassed Clinton with these voters, while still leading among registered Independents, men and younger voters.
Along with the Iowa caucus, the New Hampshire primary is the first in a series of nationwide party primary elections held in the United State every four years to choose the party nominees for the presidential elections to be held the following November.
The New Hampshire primary has been considered an early measurement of the national attitude toward the candidates for the US presidential nomination.
A Monmouth poll released two months ago showed that Clinton led Sanders 57 percent to 35 percent in New Hampshire.
The top issue that concerns Democratic voters in New Hampshire is the economy and jobs (29 percent), followed by national security and terrorism (14 percent).
Sanders’ emphasis on US income inequality and the influence of corporate money on elections as well as on the US government has helped him attract large crowds on the campaign trail.
Nationally, Clinton still remains the front-runner candidate among Democratic candidates for US president, but that might change in the near future as Sanders has been rapidly gaining in several high-profile polls.
As Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders takes the lead in Iowa and New Hampshire, he has also won the endorsement of MoveOn.org, a grassroots organization with millions of members.
After a petition calling for MoveOn to put out a ballot for members to vote on an endorsement, the organization followed through and opened up voting over the weekend. To earn the endorsement, a candidate had to receive ⅔ of the votes of their members. This had previously only been achieved by President Barack Obama in 2008.
On Tuesday, the organization announced that they were endorsing Sanders after he gained 78.6% of the vote of over 340,000 members participating. Hillary Clinton, once believed to be the only electable Democratic candidate, only received 14.6%, while Martin O’Malley received 1%. An additional 5.9% favored not endorsing any candidate during the primaries. The vote had the highest participation in the organization’s history, and Sanders took it by the highest percentage, beating the 70% Obama earned in 2008.
“This is a massive vote in favor of Bernie Sanders, showing that grassroots progressives across the country are excited and inspired by his message and track record of standing up to big money and corporate interests to reclaim our democracy for the American people,” MoveOn.org political action executive director Ilya Sheyman said in a statement. “MoveOn members are feeling the Bern. We will mobilize aggressively to add our collective people power to the growing movement behind the Sanders campaign, starting with a focus on voter turnout in Iowa and New Hampshire.”
The organization has stated that they intend to mobilize nearly 75,000 of their members in Iowa and New Hampshire to get out the vote for the Vermont Senator.
Following the announcement, Sanders put out a statement saying that he is “humbled” by the massive support from the group.
“I’m proud to have MoveOn and its community of millions of members join our people-powered campaign,” Sanders said in a statement. “MoveOn has spent more than 17 years bringing people together to fight for progressive change and stand up against big money interests. MoveOn’s fight to give the American people a voice in our political system was reflected in the group’s internal democratic process. I’m humbled by their support and welcome MoveOn’s members to the political revolution.”
This is just one piece of what is seen as a massive popular wave pushing Sanders ahead of Clinton in the polls. The latest Quinnipiac University survey, released on Tuesday, showed Sanders with 49% support to Clinton’s 44% in Iowa, a massive jump from their findings of 51% for Clinton and 40% for Sanders last month.”After three months of Secretary Hillary Clinton holding an average 10-point lead among Iowa Democrats, the playing field has changed,” Quinnipiac assistant director Peter Brown said in a statement.
In New Hampshire, Sanders is showing even higher numbers. A Monmouth University poll also released on Tuesday found that he has a 14 point lead against the former first lady, coming in with 53% to her 39%.