“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough insisted that if Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers continue to fall over the next month, the Democratic primary race will become “wide open.” (RELATED:Has Hillary Clinton Lost Women Voters?)
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday, Steve Rattner, a Hillary Clinton supporter explained, “You can’t keep throwing a line that goes down and down forever. At some point it has to stop and stabilize and turn around.”
A new CBS News/New York Times poll shows that nationally, Bernie Sanders has cut Clinton’s lead in half since August, and a new Monmouth University Poll shows that Sanders leads 43 percent to 36 percent in New Hampshire.
Scarborough: Well, I got to say, on the Democratic side Hillary Clinton obviously has slipped a lot. She has slipped with women, she has slipped with Democrats, she has slipped with independents. She has lost 10, 11, 12 points in every poll we’ve seen over the past month. I think the most telling thing — we talk about polls don’t matter this early. They’re starting to matter. I think, Steve, over the next three or four weeks are really going to tell the tale for Hillary Clinton. It’s one thing to slip from 60 to 50 to 40. Once she gets into the 30s, that’s when you’re going to see Democrats really pushing John Kerry, Joe Biden, other people into the race. Don’t you think the next three or four weeks, if she loses as much over the next month as she has lost over the past month, then it really is a wide-open race.
Rattner: Well, sure. You can’t keep throwing a line that goes down and down forever. At some point it has to stop and stabilize and turn around. It’s also true, as you said, it is early. If you go back to 2008 she was leading Obama by 17 or 18 points at this stage of the race. And we know what happened. But yeah, she has got to somehow stop the bleeding from this email situation.