TIME 2016 Election

Bernie Sanders Surges Ahead of Hillary Clinton in New Iowa Poll

The Vermont senator was trailing Clinton in December

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is now beating Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton in Iowa, according to a new poll, just over a week away from the Iowa caucuses.

The CNN/ORC poll shows the Vermont senator has 51% support, while Clinton has 43% support. The findings indicate a significant shift from a CNN/ORC December poll that found Clinton leading with 54% support and Sanders trailing with 36%.

Sanders has also overtaken Clinton in New Hampshire, according to a recent CNN/WMUR poll that showed the Senator ahead of the former Secretary in the state 60% to 33%. As he has gained ground in the race, Sanders has made clear that he sees his insurgent campaign as having a real chance at winning the White House. “People say, ‘what we’re hearing, Bernie, is that people like your ideas but they think you can’t win—you’re a nice guy, but you can’t beat the Republicans,’” Sanders told TIME. “That’s wrong.”

The Iowa poll of 280 Democratic likely caucus-goers was conducted from Friday to Wednesday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 6 percentage points.

Recent polls also showed Sanders is also leading Clinton in New Hampshire.

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