Bernie Sanders Beats All Other Democratic Candidates In One-On-One Matchups, Says Poll

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders takes the stage during a primary night event in Manchester, New Hampshire.

After winning the popular vote in Iowa and winning the New Hampshire primary, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont surged to a double-digit lead in national polling, leaving former Vice President Joe Biden 10 points behind.

Democratic Party insiders have downplayed Sanders’ success, however, suggesting that he is benefiting from the crowded field, with the moderate vote being split among several candidates. A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll suggests that this is not the case.

In hypothetical head-to-head matchups, Sanders beats every other Democratic presidential candidate, some of them by double-digit margins. In other words, in a one-on-one race, Sanders would dominate the primary — the crowded field is what’s preventing him from doing so.

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