Hill.TV's Krystal Ball: Sanders is 'exactly where he needs to be to win' Democratic nomination

Hill.TV host Krystal Ball declared Monday that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump, Biden blitz battleground states Oct. 29: Where Trump and Biden will be campaigning MORE (I-Vt.) is “exactly where he needs to be to win the Democratic nomination.”

“Now you all know I have held back on saying this and I do so today very cautiously, but I just can’t deny the fundamentals anymore,” Ball said, pointing to Sanders’s recent surge in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Ball also argued Sanders has built out a national organizing infrastructure “to be able to capitalize on the momentum that would come from winning those first two states.”

A Des Moines Register/CNN poll released Friday showed Sanders leading the Democratic field in Iowa with 20 percent support followed by Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren has expressed interest in being Biden's Treasury secretary: report The Democrats' 50 state strategy never reached rural America What a Biden administration should look like MORE (D-Mass.) at 17 percent.

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegWhat a Biden administration should look like Conservative operatives Wohl, Burkman charged in Ohio over false robocalls LGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress MORE placed third at 16 percent, while former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden Florida heat sends a dozen Trump rally attendees to hospital Harris more often the target of online misinformation than Pence: report MORE trailed with 15 percent support.

Meanwhile, a Monmouth University poll of New Hampshire released last week showed Sanders with a spike in support, putting him in close competition with Buttigieg, Sanders and Warren.

The Monmouth poll showed Buttigieg with a narrow lead at 20 percent followed by Biden at 19 percent, Sanders at 18 percent and Warren at 15 percent.

Ball’s comments come as the four top-tier candidates prepare to face off in Tuesday night’s debate in Iowa. It marks the last big primary event before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3.