Forget the others?…
We now have Sanders’ handlers going after Joe Biden in the media ….
The race DOES seem to be about the two…
And Sanders is riding a bounce in the polls…
But Biden STILL leads and the others have to feel like they’ve been shown the door before the first votes have been counted….
New national and early-state polls suggest the two candidates are getting some separation from the rest of the pack, and those polls have coincided with new, pointed attacks from the Sanders campaign on Biden.
Team Sanders has accused Biden of supporting cuts to Social Security and is questioning his record on race as they seek to cut into his strength with African Americans and older voters.
The Biden campaign is swinging back, releasing new ads accusing Sanders of mischaracterizing his record and making the case that Biden is best positioned to win a head-to-head match-up against President Trump.
The volleys come at a pivotal moment, with Sanders growing stronger in polls and challenging Biden’s long-standing lead in national surveys.
A national CNN poll released Wednesday found Sanders at 27 percent support and Biden at 24 percent, marking the first time the poll has found anyone but Biden alone at the top. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is running a distant third with 14 percent.
A Biden confidant said the campaign sees Sanders as its biggest rival at the moment, even as polls of Iowa and New Hampshire find a tighter four-candidate race between Biden, Sanders, Warren and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
“For now at least it’s trending that way,” said the Biden insider. “It looks like Warren and Pete have peaked.”….