Believe it or not, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is leading presumed Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton by five points in Iowa, according to the latest poll released Tuesday.
Quinnipiac University’s most recent survey of Iowa Democratic voters shows Sanders garnering 49 percent of the vote, while Clinton receives 44 percent. Only a month ago, Clinton was beating Sanders by 11 points, according to Politico.
Quinnipiac’s is the second poll this week that’s found Clinton losing to Sanders in the Hawkeye State. An American Research Group poll had Clinton down by three.
This comes as a surprise to just about everyone. Even accounting for Sanders’ likeability, taking down Clinton – who appears to have the DNC at her beck and call, and has far better fundraising abilities – seemed impossible.
Clinton likes to pretend she’s for the 99 percent and understands the plight of the poor, but the poll breakdown reveals her voter base depends on those with deep pockets:
Sanders, who has made the issue of yawning economic inequality a central plank, holds an 11-point advantage among those reporting an income of $50,000 or less. Among those earning $100,000 or more, meanwhile, Clinton leads Sanders by 13 points. (Sanders also holds a 5-point lead among those with an income between $50,000 and $100,000.)
In addition, Sanders holds a 14-point lead in New Hampshire, according to a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday.
Of course, nothing is certain yet. But for Clinton and her campaign, now is the time to panic.