Post by Logan on Jan 22, 2016 19:36:39 GMT -6
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Recall this 2008 storyline: Hillary Clinton enters the presidential campaign as the Democratic front-runner, runs into an inspirational candidate who generates big crowds and enthusiasm. And she winds up in a dogfight in Iowa.
Sound familiar? With 10 days left before Iowa's lead-off caucuses, Clinton finds herself in a heated contest against insurgent rival Bernie Sanders reminiscent of her 2008 face-off with then-Sen. Barack Obama. The Vermont senator has soared to a nip-and-tuck race in Iowa and holds an advantage in New Hampshire, putting Clinton back on the brink in her second presidential bid.
Clinton lost Iowa in 2008, a setback that she never fully recovered from against Obama, who went on to win the White House. This time she hopes a larger field organization in Iowa and an escalation of her critiques of Sanders' record and message might undercut his momentum.
Yet there may be a silver lining for Clinton's 2016 campaign: Unlike Obama, Sanders is a self-described "democratic socialist" and has done little to expand his support beyond white liberal voters who populate the first two presidential contests. Clinton has locked down nearly all of the establishment support - governors, members of Congress and Democratic leaders - who can help her in a lengthy primary.
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