PHOENIX — A pair of national polls released Monday shows Bernie Sanders walloping Donald Trump if the Vermont senator manages to win the Democratic party nomination.
As Sanders campaigned around Arizona, Utah and Idaho Monday ahead of their primary elections, a new CNN/ORC poll found the Vermont senator beating Trump 58 percent to 38 percent. That is almost double Hillary Clinton’s 12-point lead over the real estate mogul in the same poll.
Sanders had a double-digit lead over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in the same poll. In the hypothetical match-up, Sanders led the Texas Republican 55 percent to 42 percent.
A CBS/New York Times released Monday also gave Sanders a notable advantage over the former secretary of state in a hypothetical general election match-up with Trump. Clinton beat the businessman by 10 points, while Sanders beat Trump by a hefty 15 points in the national survey.
At a rally in Flagstaff Monday night, Sanders told a crowd of 3,200 supporters “objectively speaking, there is no question that you are looking a the strongest Democratic candidate.”
As encouraging as these polls may seem to Sanders supporters in Arizona, the leader of the “political revolution” was slated to lose to Clinton in the Grand Canyon State by a whopping 26 percentage points in a March 16 Merrill Poll.
The Democratic Party standard bearer for the White House must win 2,283 delegates to lock in the nomination. Before the end of Tuesday primary elections in Arizona, Utah and Idaho, Clinton led Sanders 1,630 to 870.
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