Progressive journalist says Sanders could outperform Biden in Midwest

Journalist Emma Vigeland said on Wednesday that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest Krystal Ball tears into 'Never Trump' Republicans 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (I-Vt.) could be more successful than former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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 TrumpJulián Castro: It's time for House Democrats to 'do something' about Trump Warren: Congress is 'complicit' with Trump 'by failing to act' Sanders to join teachers, auto workers striking in Midwest 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