Joe Biden, Gary Hart and the perils of being atop the polls

Grant Boone
September 10, 2019

Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In the poll released Sunday, Sen. When I got there around 8 a.m., hundreds of party activists were already waiting in line to get inside.

The state party convention kicks off the fall primary season in New Hampshire and is a huge political gathering in the state. Some 9,000 people bought tickets.

As Patricia Pustell, chairwoman of the Greater Ossipee Democrats, says, it's time for "new blood and new leadership".

Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren are neck and neck in the race for Democratic votes in the early primary and caucus states, but when it comes to voters' second choice, Warren now holds a clear advantage. He's been there. He's done that. "I think his time has passed", said John Corrigan about Sanders. She's got the fire - who's got the enthusiasm. She's accepted donations from major political players all over the country - Boston, New York, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, Martha's Vineyard and Philadelphia, to name a few.

As it stands now, polls show Sanders and Warren vying for second place behind Biden even though the combined bloc supporting the two progressives is larger than that of the ex-vice president. But for voters like Eames, instincts and personality matter more than where a particular candidate fits on the ideological spectrum. Bernie Sanders is ahead of Trump 48% to 44%, while California Sen. More fundamentally, her rationale for seeking the presidency seems unfocused. The core values of this nation, our standing in the world, our very democracy, everything that's made America America is at stake, and everyone knows who Donald Trump is. But she struggled to build on what was ultimately a scripted, through highly effective, moment. Since she was elected to the Senate in 2012, Warren has, like Sanders, pushed for dramatic expansions to public education and health care programs. She had a Go Blue sticker on her cheek that was hard to miss.

KHALID: And for that reason, Mombourquette does not have Sanders on her shortlist.

Warren's gains were in the northeast, where the MA senator is from, in urban areas, and among liberals. Mombourquette admits that on some issues, like "Medicare for All", Warren is further left than where she is.

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While Sanders and Warren share similar policy goals, there are some indications their bases of support are quite different, and if one dropped out, the supporters wouldn't necessarily migrate to the remaining candidate. Her supporters beat those inflatable thunder sticks so loudly as she walked onstage that the applause continued for a solid two minutes before she could begin speaking.

Though the lady appeared receptive to the previous vp's message, she later admitted to the Examiner that she was delay by Biden's handsiness all through their dialog. Elizabeth Warren will be center-stage, flanked by Sen. "There is a lot at stake, and people are scared. But we can't choose a candidate we don't believe in because we're scared", said Sen.

KHALID: But in general, the convention had a friendly festival vibe.

Still, when asked about the possibility that having two progressive candidates will end up dooming them both, Sanders offered a one-word response.

It's also a huge fundraiser for the party with tickets being sold - many of which are snapped up by campaigns to flood the arena with their supporters.

In Iowa, Mondale blew away the field, winning almost half the vote and dispatching John Glenn, who was considered his more serious rival.

HEATHER BALDWIN: Oh, I definitely will vote for Bernie.

Voters' second choices are important in fluid races with plenty of candidates, which is true of the 2020 Democratic primaries.

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