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Morning Joe: Hillary Clinton Hears Sanders’ ‘Footsteps’ as Polling Slips

• January 13, 2016 8:15 am

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Hillary Clintons’ poll numbers are in decline in several crucial states, and the Morning Joe panel agreed Wednesday that it spelled trouble for her campaign.

"In the football parlance, they hear footsteps," Bloomberg columnist Al Hunt said about the Clinton campaign. "They know that they are in for a very difficult race."

Clinton’s lead in the Democratic presidential contest has slipped by four percent nationally since December, according to a CBS-New York Times poll. Clinton currently polls below 50 percent, with 48 percent to 41 percent for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.).

Clinton’s decline has been more pronounced in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, where she now trails her socialist competitor.

In Iowa, Clinton has fallen by seven points since December, according to a Quinipiac University poll. She trails Sanders by 5 points, 44-49. In New Hampshire, Clinton has fallen by nine points since November, according to a Monmouth University poll. She trails Sanders by 14 points, 39-53.

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough said these polls are an indication that voters are rejecting the Clinton political dynasty in favor of an upstart outsider.

"There are a lot of younger voters that said OK, Bush-Clinton, we don’t want that. Let’s move forward," Scarborough said.

The Clinton campaign has launched rancorous attacks against Sanders in an effort to reverse the decline.

Clinton has attacked her socialist challenger for voting against certain gun control measures, and has warned ominously of the political "revolution" that he promises.

Daughter Chelsea Clinton was even more inflammatory in comments on Tuesday. Clinton told a New Hampshire audience that Sanders wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and dismantle other federal health care entitlements, saying his approach would help Republicans boot millions off health insurance.