Sanders doesn't expect any Democrat to break 50 percent in Iowa

Sanders doesn't expect any Democrat to break 50 percent in Iowa
© Aaron Schwartz

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE (I-Vt.) said he doesn't think any candidate in the Democratic primary will break 50 percent in the first in the nation Iowa caucuses. 

On CNN's "State of the Union" the 2020 presidential hopeful said a crowded field means the sort of support both he and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Trump jokes he'd get 'electric chair' if he deleted even one 'love note' email to Melania MORE saw in Iowa in 2016 is unlikely. Clinton narrowly won the Iowa Caucuses that year but both she and Sanders got just shy of 50 percent of the vote.

"We're not going to get 50 percent of the vote in Iowa, I don't think anybody will," Sanders said.

Sanders added he thinks he has a "very strong chance" to be the candidate to defeat "the worst president in the modern history of this country, Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE." 

Sanders has been a front runner in the election, typically polling second to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Five takeaways from Trump's 2020 kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally MORE. According to the most recent Iowa Poll, the race for second place is a statistical tie between Sen. Bernie Sanders(I-Vt.), at 16 percent; Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Warren introduces universal child care legislation MORE (D-Mass.), at 15 percent; and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegSanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Sanders tears into Trump in response to campaign kickoff rally Biden, Sanders to be center stage at first debate MORE at 14 percent.