A recent poll finds Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is four percentage points above rival former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among Wisconsin's likely voters.
On Mar. 30, Marquette University Law School of Milwaukee released the findings of its latest tracking poll for the state’s upcoming primary on April 5.
The poll found that Sanders has 49 percent support, while Clinton has 45 percent.
The Badger state is considered an important battleground for the Sanders campaign as he makes his case that he would be a stronger general election candidate than Clinton.
The same poll found that Sanders had a thinner lead in February, with 44 percent compared to Clinton’s 43 percent. His lead has grown since.
Winning the Wisconsin primary would provide Sanders with the ammunition needed to build his argument that super delegates, Democratic party officials who are not bound to their constituents and who have largely cast their votes for Clinton, should deflect to his side.
Sanders believes he would be a stronger general election candidate than the former Secretary of State, and there is data to back up his claim. The same Marquette poll projected he would defeat all three Republican presidential candidates among Wisconsin voters.
The survey found that Clinton, while she would trounce Trump, would tie with Cruz and lose to Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio handily if they were to be the nominees.
New Hampshire super delegate Kathleen Sullivan dismissed the narrative that Sanders would fare better in a general election than Clinton.
“That’s not true,” Sullivan told The Hill. “I have to laugh at that. Secretary Clinton is the strong general election candidate.”
Currently campaigning in Wisconsin, Clinton has been challenging Sanders’ policy proposals as “pie in the sky stuff.”
The former Secretary of State has blasted Sanders’ plan to provide free tuition to public colleges as unrealistic. She pointed out to her supporters that Sanders’ proposal would require the cooperation of state governors, and added that Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin was unlikely to play along, CNN reports.