Why Hillary Clinton lost Iowa: Clinton campaign blames pollsters
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is blaming pollsters for her loss in Iowa, after the results of the latest Iowa Poll showed her losing to Bernie Sanders by 15 points.
The Iowa Poll had Clinton leading Sanders by just five points.
But the campaign has since claimed the pollsters were intentionally skewing the results to favor Clinton, even though they clearly were not.
Clinton, a former U.S. secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee, won the state by 11 points, but by a wider margin than Sanders.
“Our pollsters and the people who do their polling are just as much to blame for what happened as anybody else,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said on CNN.
“They should be ashamed of themselves.
They should be fired.
They have to be fired.”
Clinton has been under intense scrutiny for her handling of the Benghazi attacks in 2012, which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
She has repeatedly blamed the attacks on a YouTube video posted by an extremist group, and has repeatedly denied any involvement in the deaths.
Mook also said Clinton should not have relied on “crowd size” and that the race should have been decided by delegates rather than caucus participation.
Clinton also has repeatedly questioned whether the 2016 Democratic primary will be competitive.