New Hampshire has held the unique title since 1920 of ‘First in the Nation’ for having the first primary during presidential election years, and it appears former Vice President Joe Biden is already be tripping up in the Granite State.
The latest Emerson Poll, a scientific poll conducted in New Hampshire, shows Biden in second place and losing to Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in a crowded field of current and potential candidates.
Biden comes in at 25-percent, compared to the 27-percent for Sanders. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) takes a distant third with 12-percent, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) round out the top five.
At this stage in the game, the contest looks dire for any of the other candidates, but one thing’s for sure: Biden likely cannot afford to lose to Sanders in New Hampshire — not if he wants to capture the momentum to win the Democratic primary.
In fact, it is possible that the field has already become too crowded for Biden. Sanders will continue to draw the far-left of the party’s base to his Marxist platform, and the younger, more diverse candidates, could overshadow Biden as well.
It is certainly ironic that Sanders and Biden — two old, white men — are still considered competitive in today’s Democratic Party. But regardless of who is nominated to face President Trump in 2020, he (or she) will have an uphill climb.
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