Hillary Clinton’s second presidential campaign was expected to be an easy contest with no significant challengers from the Democratic Party, but a new poll shows Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont gaining much needed ground on the frontrunner.
In New Hampshire, which the Vermont Senator has traveled to numerous times since announcing his presidential bid earlier this year, Clinton received 44 percent support compared to Sanders’ 32 percent in a new poll conducted by Morning Consult.
Things were different in Iowa, where Clinton remained far ahead of the competition, with 54 percent of the vote. Trailing in second was Sanders, at 12 percent.
South Carolina supported Clinton with 56 percent of the vote, another indication that the Clinton campaign is off to a successful start with Democratic Party voters.
Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley received single digit support in all states. Both politicians are running against Clinton and Sanders for the nomination.
On Saturday, Clinton held her campaign’s first public rally on Roosevelt Island in New York City, where she vowed to close the income gap and champion for struggling Americans.
On Sunday, Clinton held a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, where she officially stated her opposition to President Barack Obama’s long-fought battle for the approval of a new trade deal. Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives voted down the first in a series of trade deals associated with the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Friday, CNN reported.
"[Obama] should listen to and work with his allies in Congress, starting with [House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi, who have expressed their concerns about the impact that a weak agreement would have on our workers to make sure we get the best, strongest deal possible, and if we don't get it, there should be no deal," she stated.
However, she saved most of her criticism for the Republican Party at Saturday's rally.
“These Republicans trip over themselves promising lower taxes for the wealthy and fewer rules for the biggest corporations without any regard on how that will make income inequality worse,” Clinton told her crowd of over 5,000 supporters, the New York Times reported.
Clinton attempted to answer accusations of being out of touch with mainstream Americans, saying that her campaign is for “factory workers and food servers who stand on their feet all day, for the nurses who work the night shift, for the truckers who drive for hours.”
Clinton, however, may have a surprising challenger in the progressive Sanders. While both candidates spoke at rallies and town halls in Iowa over the weekend, CNN reported that Sanders’ event on Friday attracted the same number of people as Clinton’s rally two days later on Sunday.