Hillary Clinton’s speech in New Hampshire suggests she has a feeling she does not have a chance of winning over there. She admitted to the crowd that a number of political experts thought it was useless for her to visit the state, as she had no chances there.
The former US secretary of state acknowledged it was Bernie Sanders’ “backyard” that she was stepping in.
“Their argument is — and it has got some strength to it — look, you are behind here, you are in your opponent’s backyard,” CNN quoted Clinton as referring to the experts’ view which she found “some strength” in.
Clinton has repeatedly referred to the fact that the Vermont senator lives in the state next to the Granite State. While she won the primary there in 2008 after losing the Iowa caucus against an underdog called Barack Obama, she apparently wishes to play the underdog in New Hampshire this time.
Sanders’ campaign, meanhwile, refuses to consider his New England roots to be an advantage in the New Hampshire primary. Sanders’ New Hampshire State Director Julia Barnes says in a statement that Sanders’ organisers are talking to voters every day about the issues which matter to them.
“Whether it’s equal pay, more secure retirement or affordable health care, the people of New Hampshire will go to the polls Tuesday and vote for the candidate they believe will fight for them,” Barnes dismisses Clinton’s hints. “To repeatedly suggest otherwise is an insult to voters in the Granite State.”
According to a CNN/WMUR poll released on Sunday, if the New Hampshire primary is held today, Sanders will get 57 percent of votes while Clinton will manage only 34 percent.
Since December 2015, the popularity of Sanders and Clinton in New Hampshire took a reverse turn. While around 60 percent people thought in December that Clinton would win the primary, now 54 percent Democrats believe Sanders will beat Clinton. With 15 percent still unsure about the results, only 31 percent believe Clinton will have the last laugh.