Most political observers assumed that if Hillary Clinton were to hit a stumbling block in the Democratic primaries, it would be in Iowa, where she placed third in 2008. But two new polls this week show her lead in New Hampshire shrinking rapidly as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gains ground.
A Suffolk University poll released Tuesday morning found Clinton leading Sanders by 10 points, 41 percent to 31 percent, among likely voters. (They're followed by Vice President Joe Biden at 7 percent, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley at 3 percent, and both former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia at 1 percent.)
The Suffolk numbers come on the heels of a poll from the Morning Consult out Monday: That poll put Clinton at 44 percent and Sanders at 32 percent, with no other candidate reaching double digits.
It's a surge for a candidate who, when he entered the race, was trailing Clinton in New Hampshire polls by more than 30 points. A WMUR/UNH poll conducted following Sanders's campaign launch in late April put him at 13 percent and was well below Clinton's 51 percent. Another, from Bloomberg and St. Anselm College in early May, had Sanders at 18 percent and Clinton at 62 percent.