A new national poll from Monmouth University, released on Dec. 16, shows that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a firm lead over her contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In a survey of Democrats and left-leaning voters, 59 percent said they support Clinton, while her closest rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, holds 26 percent support. Both Clinton and Sanders and Clinton saw a two-point jump in support since October. Martin O’Malley, the former Governor of Maryland, now has 4 percent support ---a three-point increase from two month ago, PolitickerNJ reported.
“Clinton successfully ran the gauntlet this fall, appearing before the Benghazi Committee and outlasting the specter of a Biden candidacy," Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said. "She really hasn’t lost ground since then.”
If Clinton gets the nomination, a whopping 80 percent of Democrats said they would be satisfied with her candidacy. In addition, 59 percent of Sanders supporters said they would be okay with it if Clinton got the nomination.
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Despite Clinton’s apparently sweep of the poll, The Hill reported that the survey had just 374 participants, all of whom were registered Democrats. Though Sanders is running as a Democrat, he has been an Independent for the majority of his political career and considers himself a Democratic Socialist.