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Sanders scores first lead over Clinton in New Hampshire

How's the 2016 horse race shaping up? Sen. Bernie Sanders has taken the lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, though he still trails by wide margins in national polls. Donald Trump heads up the Republicans in both that state and Iowa, while the lineup of other top GOP candidates continues to shift. Political director Lisa Desjardins offers an update.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    The last few days have brought yet another twist in the already dramatic race for president, with a new New Hampshire poll showing Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders ahead of Hillary Clinton for the first time.

    Political director Lisa Desjardins reports on the changing campaign landscape in both political parties.

  • LISA DESJARDINS:

    What was a blur of could-bes and would-bes now is moving to the beginning of a defined 2016 horse race, including a major twist on the Democrats’ side.

    When Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders entered the race, it seemed unlikely he could shake the assumption that Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee, but this summer is blowing momentum his way in the Northeast. Sanders has a seven-point lead over Clinton in a New Hampshire poll released yesterday. He still trails by wide margins in national polls.

    But Sanders’ biggest numbers are his crowd numbers. He has attracted eye-popping audiences like this one, 27,000 people at a rally in Los Angeles over the weekend. That’s more than either Democrats or Republicans have seen. As Hillary Clinton pushes policy ideas, including college tuition cuts, Sanders’ message of income equality is resonating, here earning endorsement of a national nurses union.

  • SEN. BERNIE SANDERS, Democratic Presidential Candidate:

    All of you will remember when Martin Luther King led the March on Washington. You know what that march was called? It was called Jobs and Justice.

  • LISA DESJARDINS:

    Meanwhile, on the GOP side, it’s still anyone’s race. In Iowa, Donald Trump leads, followed by these three Republicans. But take a look at the latest New Hampshire poll, and those faces behind Trump change completely.

  • As for Trump:

  • DONALD TRUMP, Republican Presidential Candidate:

    We’re going to have a little fun tonight.

  • LISA DESJARDINS:

    The CEO is now looking to expand his need, campaigning in more places like this event in Michigan last night. Not that Trump is without problems. He lost a top adviser this weekend following his sharp comments about FOX News anchor Megyn Kelly. As Trump aims to keep first place:

  • FORMER GOV. JEB BUSH, Presidential Candidate:

    We’re facing an ISIS and its ideology. What it is, is, to borrow a phrase, the focus of evil in the modern world.

  • LISA DESJARDINS:

    Jeb Bush, who was thought to be potential front-runner before he entered the race, is hoping to actually gain the top spot using policy, foreign policy. He outlined it in this address at the Reagan Library last night, blaming President Obama and Hillary Clinton for the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq.

  • JEB BUSH:

    Where was Secretary of State Clinton in all of this? Like the president himself, she had opposed the surge, then joined in claiming credit for its success, then stood by as that hard-won victory by American allied forces was thrown away.

  • LISA DESJARDINS:

    As for Clinton, this week, she indicated she’s ready for challenges from both sides.

  • HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, Democratic Presidential Candidate:

    I’m looking forward to debating, first my friends and colleagues in the Democratic side, and then, you know, finally having a chance to debate the Republicans about whatever their nominee has to say.

  • LISA DESJARDINS:

    Of course, all candidates will have much more to say in the days and weeks ahead.

    For the PBS NewsHour, I’m Lisa Desjardins in Washington.

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