On February 8, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said that support among women for Hillary Clinton's candidacy is waning because of her husband's trail of sex scandals and accusations. In an interview with Fox News, McCain said that former President Bill Clinton’s sexual history is bringing brought up again in the minds of the electorate, even while the Man from Hope has accused Hillary’s opponents as “sexist.”
 
"I believe that there is sort of a different take today among [women] about what happened with Bill Clinton," McCain said. "I think women that I talk to today feel that those kinds of things cannot be glossed over by saying it's a 'vast right-wing conspiracy.'"
 
It was in the late 1990s that Hillary Clinton said that her husband’s detractors were part of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."
 
Former President Clinton denounced his wife’s detractors while campaigning in chilly New Hampshire. He alleged that liberal journalist Joan Walsh "and other people who have gone online to defend Hillary, to explain why they supported her, have been subject to vicious trolling and attacks that are literally too profane often, not to mention sexist, to repeat."
 
Sen. Bernie Sanders – who is now tied with Hillary in national polls – was asked on CNN about the allegedly sexist remarks his supporters have expressed online. He said: “Look, anybody who is supporting me and is doing sexist things is, we don't want them…I don't want them. That's not what this campaign is about."
 
Questions may remain over Hillary Clinton's win in Iowa over Sanders, but the Vermont senator continues to make gains.
 
A poll sponsored by the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and  7News tracking poll showed from February 1, the day of the Iowa caucuses, to February 8, saw Sanders’ lead in New Hampshire shrink by half following his narrow defeat in Iowa and the first one-on-one debate against Clinton. However, while New Hampshire state polling showed his advantage slipping throughout the week, Sanders holds a huge 16 point advantage over Clinton one day ahead of the New Hampshire primary vote.
 
Sanders’ national appeal appears to be growing, according to a series of recent polls. On February 5, a Quinnipiac University poll showed that Sanders had cut Clinton’s more than 30 point lead down to two points, within the margin of error. A Reuters/ISPOS poll released today indicated that support for Sanders jumped from the level of 30 percent at the beginning of January to the current 43 percent support. The poll finds Clinton leading nationally, but now only by a three percentage points, again within the margin of error.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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