While Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is rising in the polls and political pundits are anticipating that Vice President Joe Biden will run for president, Hillary Clinton is building what her campaign says is a fail-safe plan to win the Democratic nomination on Super Tuesday.
Clinton's campaign believes that if the former secretary of state can win the 11 states holding primaries on March 1, 2016, she will be the Democratic nominee for president, Politico
Winning in those states, which include delegate-heavy Texas, Virginia and Colorado, is especially important now given that she is floundering in polls in the early voting states.
While Clinton is still campaigning aggressively in Iowa and New Hampshire, Politico reports that her campaign and fundraising efforts in the Super Tuesday states have "skyrocketed," with staffer and surrogates being sent in for public events and behind-the-scenes meetings with locals in positions of influence.
"Legions of elected officials who’ve backed Clinton" are now headlining regular organizing meetings — like a pro-Hillary event headed by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and former Gov. Madeleine Kunin less than a week after Sanders kicked off his own campaign nearby, the news website said.
And in Colorado, the Clinton campaign recently hired its first paid staffer — a former top aide to Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper who was given the task of delivering that state’s caucuses. Similar hires are likely in the coming weeks, Politico said.
"The Clinton campaign is clearly getting a huge head start on this, being able to put the resources on the ground. Others can do it, but the question is how big a head start she gets, Mo Elleithee, a veteran of Clinton's 2008 run, told Politico.
Her strategy reflects a failure of that earlier campaign, when Clinton lost to President Barack Obama, who was reportedly more prepared in the Super Tuesday states than she was.
Despite losing some ground in New Hampshire and Iowa, a Quinnipiac University poll that was released Thursday
had Clinton leading both Biden and Sanders with support from 45 percent of Democratic voters. Twenty-two percent said they supported Sanders, and 18 percent said they supported Biden.
However, the same poll also showed that Biden is more competitive than the former first lady when matched up against top Republican candidates.
In addition, The Washington Post is reporting that as rumors grow that Biden may run, fundraisers who supported Obama are seriously considering backing Biden, even those who have already donated to Clinton's campaign.
This change in support comes after several donors have expressed disappointment with Clinton's performance as a candidate, especially in light of the email scandal stemming from her use of a private server while secretary of state.
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