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Campaign official: People are 'starting to notice that Bernie Sanders has a real shot'

An adviser and speechwriter to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFormer Sanders press secretary: 'Principal concern' of Biden appointments should be policy DeVos knocks free college push as 'socialist takeover of higher education' The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Giuliani denies discussing preemptive pardon with Trump MORE (I-Vt.) said Thursday that the White House hopeful is starting to be taken more seriously as a top-tier candidate in the crowded 2020 Democratic field.

David Sirota told Hill.TV that “folks are starting to notice that Bernie Sanders has a real shot" at becoming the Democratic presidential nominee.

“I want to be clear: We have known that Bernie Sanders has a real shot to win this nomination and to defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE," Sirota said. 

Sirota argued that the perception of Sanders among voters has a lot to do with the national media's coverage of the senator. Sanders and his allies have long complained about what they see as unfair coverage, claiming that his campaign is often cast in a negative light.

“The revelation ... among the political class is ‘wow, Bernie Sanders really does have a serious and significant and real shot to win the nomination and win the presidency,’ ” he said.

Sanders continues to be among the top four candidates nationally, according to several polls.

A Reuters-Ipsos poll released last Friday showed Sanders in second place with 14 percent support behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says GOP senators have called to congratulate him Biden: Trump attending inauguration is 'of consequence' to the country Biden says family will avoid business conflicts MORE with 19 percent. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSchwarzenegger says he would 'absolutely' help Biden administration Disney chair says he would consider job in Biden administration if asked Despite veto threat, Congress presses ahead on defense bill MORE (D-Mass.) trailed with 9 percent, Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year 'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' MORE (D) had 6 percent, and former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE, who made his debut in the poll, registered 4 percent support.

Biden has 28.5 percent in the RealClearPolitics average of recent national polling, while Sanders has 17.8 percent, Warren has 15.3 percent, Buttigieg has 9 percent and Bloomberg rounds out the top five at 5.5 percent support.

—Tess Bonn