Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie SandersBernie SandersDo progressives prefer Trump to compromise? Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case In defense of share buybacks MORE on Sunday said recent polls showing him leading in New Hampshire and closing the gap in Iowa give him confidence that he can win the White House in 2016.


“We started this campaign, as you well know, at like 3 percent in the polls,” Sanders said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“We are now ahead in New Hampshire,” he added. “I think we’re closing the gap in Iowa. I think we have a good chance to win both those states. I think we have a good chance to win this election.”

Sanders chalked up his success to the public’s dissatisfaction with politics as usual.

“I think the reason that we are going to win is that people are sick and tired of status quo politics and economics,” he said. “They want a president who has the guts to stand up to the billionaire class and start representing working families.”

Although Sanders still trails Hillary Clinton by 8.6 percent nationally, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls, he is leading by 6 percent in New Hampshire and running neck and neck with the front-runner in Iowa.