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Bernie Sanders is Putting All of His Eggs in America’s Breadbasket: Iowa

Sanders’ campaign is all but guaranteeing a win in the Hawkeye State. Will that strategy pay off?

By NTK Staff | 05.31.2019 @9:37am
Bernie Sanders is Putting All of His Eggs in America’s Breadbasket: Iowa

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) shocked the political world by very nearly defeating Hillary Clinton in Iowa in 2016. After much media attention and scrutiny, the dark horse candidate came just a few tenths of a percentage point short of winning the Iowa caucuses outright.

He then went on to win the New Hampshire primary in a landslide and proceeded to torment Clinton’s campaign for the next six months.

Sanders’ 2020 campaign is banking on a very similar strategy, all but guaranteeing an Iowa victory this go-around.

Campaign co-chairman Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) says Sanders will win Iowa — a bold prediction eight months ahead of the caucus scheduled for Feb. 3, where he will be up against Democratic rivals like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I fully anticipate he’ll win Iowa, having been on the ground there. And I think he’s going to do very well in New Hampshire and then there will be fight between him and probably Warren and Biden,” Khanna said. “I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t win Iowa.”

While national polls showed Sanders’ support dipped slightly after former Vice President Joe Biden entered the race in April, he remains deadlocked with Biden in Iowa, according to recent polling. And in a state known to be fickle about its presidential picks, Sanders’ team thinks they have Biden right where they want him.

They argue that a close race will come down to enthusiasm, an attribute Sanders team has in spades and one that Biden’s lacks.

“Having a lot of grassroots activists and enthusiasm matters a lot because if it’s rainy and cold — a freezing-cold, snowy, icy night in February, which it often is — your supporters have to have the energy and motivation to show up,” said Ben Tulchin, Sanders’s campaign pollster.

“The energy and enthusiasm matters a lot, and that’s how he was able to pull into a tie last time,” Tulchin added, referring to 2016 when Clinton and Sanders finished with 49.9 and 49.6 percent of the state’s vote, respectively.

With debates starting in June and eight months’ worth of news cycles, the narrative in Iowa is sure to change a dozen times or more. But Sanders’ team hopes Iowa is the beginning of their campaigns effort to run the table.

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