Senator Bernie Sanders is not far behind the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, Hillary Clinton, in America’s first primary contest in New Hampshire. A poll from Suffolk University in Boston, released Tuesday, showed Sanders holding strong at 31% of the vote, 10 points behind Clinton who has 41% support.
It comes as no surprise that Sanders is polling well in New Hampshire since he is from the neighboring state of Vermont.
“Most political observers felt that Hillary Clinton’s large early lead among Democratic voters would eventually shrunk a bit over time, ” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. “But in New Hampshire right now, the lead has shrunk a lot, and this is a much different Democratic primary race than we are seeing in other states so far.”
The poll also showed that Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet said if he will run, has 7% support. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley gets 3% support and former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee are each at 1%.
The poll depicts a clear gender gap, with Clinton carrying women 47% to 28% but trailing Sanders among men 35% to 32%. Geographically, Clinton easily carried the central and highly populated southern counties of Rockingham and Hillsborough, but Sanders led 47% to 26% in the five counties in northern and western New Hampshire, including Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, and Sullivan counties—which border his home state—and Carroll County.
Meanwhile, while campaigning in Iowa, Sanders called on Clinton to support American workers.
“Corporate America and Wall Street are going to bring that bill back to the House. I would hope very much that Secretary Clinton will side with every union in the country, virtually every environmental group and many religious groups and say that this TPP [Trans-Pacific Partnership] policy is a disaster, that it must be defeated and that we need to regroup and come up with a trade policy which demands that corporate America starts investing in this country rather than in countries all over the world, ” Sanders said on the CBS News program Face the Nation.
“I look forward to working with Secretary Clinton on this issue, ” he added.