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WATCH: Democratic Strategist Suggests Support For Sanders Over Warren Is ‘Showing Your Sexism’

On Monday, Democratic strategist Emily Tisch Sussman appeared on “MSNBC Live with Craig Melvin” to discuss Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) ascent to the top of the 2020 Democratic presidential pack, according to a new poll out of Iowa.
When Melvin asked Sussman about her take on the poll, she initially replied:
I think that it shows that there’s a steady incline … what people care about is they want to know who can defeat Trump. That is the most important thing to them. And so, the people in Iowa are – they’re doing their retail politics; they’re seeing all of them speak. People really are showing up at these big events to see different candidates, to see if any of them appeal to them, any of them resonate – but ultimately [at the end of the] day, people in Iowa are looking at the same polls that people all over the rest of the country are looking at, and they want to know if anybody pops. So I think that Warren has had a slow increase, but we’ve also seen other candidates have a slow increase.
Sussman added that in previous elections, the person at the top of the polls hasn’t “held so little of a percentage,” which is what’s being seen in this primary season, meaning this is a much wider and more open Democratic field.
Later in the segment, Melvin noted that he was struck by Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) low standing in the Iowa poll, and Sussman implied that those still supporting Sanders over Warren are showing “sexism.”
MELVIN: Has [Bernie Sanders] peaked?
SUSSMAN: It does feel that way. It feels like Warren is pulling together a coalition of people, particularly women and also people of color, who liked Hillary Clinton. I think in all of our talking … we act like there’s nobody who actually liked her. There are, in fact, people that liked her. And so, she is in many ways pulling a lot of that support, but also pulling a lot from Sanders, and Sanders is still in the race. What we’re seeing of his supporters is there’s a ceiling, there is nowhere to go, there is no up to go, and all of those who – I actually overheard someone saying [what] I thought was an interesting point, that basically, at this point, if you are still supporting Sanders as opposed to Warren, it’s kind of showing your sexism because she has more detailed plans, and her plans have evolved. I thought that was an interesting point, and I think there may be something to it.

The latest Des Moines Register/CNN/Medicom poll out of Iowa has Warren leading former Vice President Joe Biden by two percentage points — a statistical tie given the poll’s +/-4 margin of error.
When asked to rate their “first choice for president,” Warren drew 22%, while Biden drew 20%. The second choice numbers are more stark, with Warren at 20% and Biden dropping to 10%.
Meanwhile, Sanders is sitting in a distant third place, with only 11% selecting him as their “first choice,” and 10% as their second.
This trend appears to have legs outside of Iowa. A new Quinnipiac national poll has Warren leading Biden 27% to 25% among “Democratic voters and independent voters who lean Democratic,” while Sanders languishes at 16%, followed by Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 7%.

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