Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton will find a winning streak in the South after losing the first two contests in the process to challenger Bernie Sanders, says Republican operative Karl Rove.
Sanders is gaining on Clinton in Iowa, the first state to hold caucuses, and in New Hampshire, whose primary is next. But Rove, Rove expanding on his Wall Street Journal op-ed
on Thursday, said on Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto"
that a "different environment" this election season, including the "SEC Primary" of southern states, will turn things her way.
Sanders, an independent U.S. senator from Vermont, has a "home field advantage" in neighboring New Hampshire, Rove said, but added that Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia might not be so friendly to him.
"Those states are going to be difficult for a self-described Democratic socialist from granola-eating Burlington, Vermont to win," Rove said. "Not all Democrats live in places like Ann Arbor and Berkeley or Boulder or Burlington."
His prognostication could change if Vice President Joe Biden decides to get in the race, but Rove said he sees that as less likely as he once did, since the ballot deadlines for several states in nearing.
Besides, he said, Democrats will find it even harder to deny a vote for the sitting vice president is a continuation of President Barack Obama's policies than it will for Clinton, his former secretary of state.
"Hillary has a slightly better shot because she is an independent personality who existed before the president in the conscience of the American people," he said.
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