Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed “democratic socialist” vying for the Democratic nomination for the 2016 presidential election, is gaining traction in Iowa, the New York Times reports. While Sanders used to have only 15 percent of the state’s vote compared to Hillary Clinton’s 60, Sanders and Clinton now have, respectively, 33 and 52 percent of supporters. Sanders, who aligns himself as a socialist akin to Ralph Nader, according to Politico, falls on the far left of the political spectrum and is “unlikely to tone it down for the long-term good of his newly adopted party,” according to Ben Schreckinger and Jonathan Topaz of Politico; Sanders incites a fear in some Democrats that, even if Sanders won the nomination, the Democratic Party would lose the White House because of Sanders’ extreme politics. “From the Clinton perspective, Sanders has gone from an annoyance to a threat,” said Carter Eskew to the New York Times. Is Sanders’ momentum gaining enough to surpass Clinton, or will he fall short of the necessary votes for the general election?
Contributor: Hannah Grace