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Warner Moves Goalposts for Clinton in Wisconsin

• March 31, 2016 9:32 am

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Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.) lowered expectations for Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin's Democratic presidential primary during an appearance on CNN Thursday.

Host Don Lemon showed Warner a recent poll by the Marquette Law School showing Clinton losing to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) 49 percent to 45 percent in Wisconsin.

"Are you concerned that Bernie Sanders could use Wisconsin as momentum going into New York and the rest of the northeastern states?" Lemon asked.

"I think Wisconsin is going to be close. But that, everybody's known for the last few weeks. Bernie did very well in the west," Warner said. "He's touching, particularly, a lot of young people. But when this contest moves back to New York, New Jersey, Secretary Clinton is going to do very well."

"Wisconsin, like Michigan, made up of a lot of blue-collar workers, who tend to support Bernie Sanders. A loss in Wisconsin, how bad would that be for the Clinton campaign?" Lemon said.

"Hillary Clinton's going to be the Democratic nominee and Hillary Clinton's going to be the next president of the United States," Warner said.

"OK, but how bad would it be for her campaign? You don't think it will have an impact?" Lemon asked.

"Listen, Don, I don't want to take away your prognostication job. I-I'm hear recognizing Wisconsin's going to be close, Hillary's going to do very well in New York, in New Jersey and the remaining states and she's going to be the nominee," Warner said.

There are 86 pledged delegates at stake in Wisconsin for Democrats which are allocated on a proportional basis. The Wisconsin primaries will be held on April 5.