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|Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist who is running for president, has emerged as the leading critic to front-runner Hillary Clinton, pressuring her on trade, foreign policy and fiscal issues. In a straw poll at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention last weekend, Clinton only edged him by 9 points.
And he's seeing a swell of momentum, both in the early states and from grass-roots activists, many of whom were holding out hope that Massachusetts Sen. might run. Now, many have begun to turn to Sanders as their alternative.