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Claire McCaskill

Bernie Sanders is hot, but it's still summer

WASHINGTON Sure, Bernie Sanders is electable. The senator from Vermont is enjoying a summer surge as he seeks the Democratic presidential nomination. He's doing well among Democrats in Iowa and New Hampshire against party front-runner Hillary Clinton. He's attracting support from new voters. In national general election match-ups, he's competitive against top Republicans. So far, though, he's faced little serious scrutiny or criticism. "Sanders has been running around the track on his own," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in New York. Supporters compare the Sanders boomlet to 2007-vintage Barack Obama, then a...

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