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 SandersThe Memo: Trump team pounces on Biden gaffes The 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 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 ClintonBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Hillary Clinton touts student suspended over crowded hallway photo: 'John Lewis would be proud' 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.

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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 TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE." 

Sanders has been a front runner in the election, typically polling second to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Trump executive order is 'a reckless war on Social Security' Trump got into testy exchange with top GOP donor Adelson: report Blumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections 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 WarrenBiden campaign says no VP pick yet after bike trail quip Biden edges closer to VP pick: Here's who's up and who's down Democratic convention lineup to include Ocasio-Cortez, Clinton, Warren: reports MORE (D-Mass.), at 15 percent; and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegCNN's Ana Navarro to host Biden roundtable on making 'Trump a one-term president' Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win MORE at 14 percent.