Tightening race rattles Clinton World’s nerves–47fh., b43
Allies of Hillary Clinton are growing nervous as the Democratic presidential race with Bernie Sanders tightens ahead of contests in Nevada and South Carolina. A new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday found Clinton with a 1-point lead in Nevada, which hosts its caucuses on Saturday. That’s a huge change from the 23-point lead Clinton enjoyed in a late December poll by Gravis.
“I don’t get it. I don’t think anyone expected this race to look like this,” said one former Clinton aide who maintains ties with the campaign. “A big loss in New Hampshire, basically a tie going into Nevada. You have to ask yourself, ‘What’s next?’ ” Team Clinton maintains confidence that its lead in South Carolina will hold, but the potential loss in Nevada has put people on edge about a “domino effect” in which states could fall one by one to Sanders as he gains momentum.
Clinton’s campaign is banking on support from Hispanics in the state. According to the 2014 U.S. Census, 27.8 percent of the population is Hispanic. Yet Manley even acknowledged that “folks are giving Sanders a second look” there. “He’s got some good momentum. There’s no doubt about it,” he said. Internally, both Hillary and former President Bill Clinton have voiced their displeasure with various aspects of the campaign, particularly on messaging and organizing, according to sources. Those involved with the campaign increasingly believe a staff reshuffling will take place, especially if Clinton loses in Nevada.
Public Policy Polling surveys found Clinton with leads in 10 of the 12 states that will host contests on March 1, just three days after the South Carolina primary. Clinton holds a double-digit lead in nine of those states, the surveys indicate. If those findings are accurate and they hold, Super Tuesday could deliver a huge victory for Clinton raising serious concerns for Sanders. The fear for the Clintons is that Sanders will follow up his victory in New Hampshire with a win in Nevada and that this could give him momentum in South Carolina.
source- amie parnes, jim manley, public policy polling