Jewish Hillary Clinton heckled by pro-Sanders protesters
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was interrupted at a campaign event in Westchester, New York, by people supporting her party rival Bernie Sanders.
Clinton grew frustrated on Thursday after pro-Sanders hecklers at SUNY Purchase college began shouting, “She wins, we lose!”
The former First Lady and secretary of state responded to the “Bernie people” by saying “we’re very sorry you’re leaving” before the demonstrators were escorted out.
Clinton and Sanders are locked in a surprisingly competitive battle for New York state, which holds its primary election on April 19.
A Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday shows that Sanders has closed to within 12 points of Clinton in New York. As recently as early March, polls showed Clinton leading Sanders by 48 points in the state.
Sanders, who is also campaigning in New York state like Clinton, spoke at a large and boisterous rally in the Bronx borough of New York City on Thursday.
The crowd, estimated at 18,500 supporters, was so large that it spilled from St. Mary’s Park to a nearby field.
If Sanders wins New York, it will change the narrative of the race, analysts say. “Winning would create a story beyond the mere delegate count, which I think would propel his campaign,” said Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.
In Wisconsin, Sanders is leading Clinton by five points, with the state’s April 5 primary election seen as a make-or-break for the candidates.
According to a new Fox Business poll released on Thursday, the Vermont senator has the support of 48 percent of likely Democratic voters in Wisconsin, while Clinton is trailing behind with 43 percent.
In a separate poll conducted by the Public Policy Polling earlier on Thursday, Sanders is leading Clinton by 6 points in Wisconsin, which is viewed to be a Sanders-friendly state.
Sanders whose campaign was boosted by landslide victories in Alaska, Washington and Hawaii, is hoping to cut further into Clinton’s lead in next week’s elections in the state.
Sanders believes his recent string of victories shows he can not only win the Democratic nomination, but also succeed in the general presidential election against the Republican nominee.