Sanders: Polls are showing how electable I am
Speaking to supporters in Wolfeboro, N.H., on Thursday evening, Sanders cited a CNN/WMUR New Hampshire poll that showed that Sanders would fare better than Clinton against various Republican candidates, including front-runner Donald Trump, in theoretical match-ups.
“All of which reaffirms my love for the smart people in the state of New Hampshire,” he quipped.
Sanders said the results of that and other recent polls, including one from Thursday that has him 8 points ahead of Clinton in Iowa, push back against her argument that he would not fare well in a general election if he were to get the party’s nomination.
“One of the things that my opponent Secretary Clinton is saying is that Bernie is unelectable. He just cannot defeat a Republican candidate in a general election,” he said.
“So it gives me some pleasure to give you some facts that that might just not be the case.”
The Vermont senator also said his chances would be helped if there’s a large voter turnout, saying Republicans fare well when voters are too demoralized to vote.
Sanders said his fundraising success was a point of pride, considering he is not supported by a super-PAC.
“In the last nine months, we have received two and a half million individual contributions,” he said.
“That is more than any candidate in the history of the United States up to this point in a campaign.”