Progressive journalist says Sanders could outperform Biden in Midwest

Journalist Emma Vigeland said on Wednesday that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal MORE (I-Vt.) could be more successful than former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenImpeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Trump DACA fight hits Supreme Court Juan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete MORE in the Democratic primary in the Midwest. 

"When you look at poll numbers in the Midwest, where the Democrats really need to make inroads, where Trump won a lot of the areas where Obama had previously won ... Bernie Sanders polls extremely well there," Vigeland, a correspondent and producer at the left-leaning The Young Turks, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking."

"I think that that's where he would actually be more successful than someone like Joe Biden, who has decided to run as a centrist," she continued. 

"There's this kind of false perception that the center is in between the left and the right ideologically, where I would say the center is more populist, which is why we saw Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE actually win, and why I think Bernie Sanders could have a similar appeal with those voters," she said. 

Most national polling shows Biden, the primary's current front-runner, leading Sanders. 

However, an Iowa Starting Line/Change Research poll released on Monday shows Sanders and Biden tied at 24 percent among likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa.

— Julia Manchester