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Progressive journalist: Democrats don't want to believe Sanders can beat Trump

Progressive journalist Ryan Grim argued Monday that Democrats don’t want to believe that top-tier presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Trump's debate performance was too little, too late Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit MORE (I-Vt.) has a real shot at winning the Democratic nomination and beating President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE.

“The electorate that he’s running in is the worst possible for him … specifically, the idea that so many Democrats are just hellbent on beating Trump,” Grim, who is Washington bureau chief for The Intercept, told Hill.TV.

“You can give them all the polls that have ever been conducted that show that Bernie Sanders would beat Trump, they just don’t want to believe it,” he added.

Grim’s comments come after a CBS poll released Sunday showed Sanders leading the Democratic presidential primary field in New Hampshire with 27 percent support.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus MORE trails Sanders, at 25 percent support, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFinal debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform MORE (D-Mass.) garnered 18 percent support. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE placed fourth at 13 percent.

The survey also found Sanders in a three-way tie with Biden and Buttigieg in Iowa.

In Iowa, Sanders, Biden and Buttigieg each received 23 percent support. Warren received 16 percent in the new CBS poll.

The Sanders campaign also received a huge fundraising boost, raking in $34.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2019, the most among White House hopefuls during the last three months of the year.

In comparison, Biden raised $22.7 million and Warren raised $21.2 million.

—Tess Bonn