Progressive journalist says Sanders could outperform Biden in Midwest

Journalist Emma Vigeland said on Wednesday that Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Campaign Report: US officials say Russia, China are looking to sow discord in election Warren urges investment in child care workers amid pandemic Progressive candidate Bush talks about her upset primary win over Rep. Clay MORE (I-Vt.) could be more successful than former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report Maxine Waters says Biden 'can't go home without a Black woman being VP' 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 TrumpJoe Arpaio loses bid for his old position as sheriff Trump brushes off view that Russia denigrating Biden: 'Nobody's been tougher on Russia than I have' Trump tees up executive orders on economy but won't sign yet 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