Democrats brace for a messy winter

2016-01-16 21:48
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. (John Minchillo, AP File)

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. (John Minchillo, AP File)

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Washington - There was a time when Democrats fretted about Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign becoming a coronation.

According to that thinking, Clinton would have been left without the tests of a primary season to prepare for the November match-up against the Republican nominee.

But not anymore.

In the past two weeks, the Democratic race has gone from a relatively civil disagreement over policy to a contentious competition between Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Clinton's institutional strength and her support among minority voters still put her in a formidable position.

But should Sanders prevail in Iowa and New Hampshire - the first states on the 2016 nominating calendar - then Clinton's bid to succeed President Barack Obama may mean a much longer and messier path than her supporters once envisioned.

Read more on:    bernie sanders  |  hillary clinton  |  us  |  us 2016 elections

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