Huge crowds in majority-Democratic areas do not guarantee support in the early states (ask “President Dean”), but Sanders’ relatively large audiences are impossible to ignore. In recent weeks — particularly on a recent campaign swing that included Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle — he pulled more than 100,000 people combined to his rallies. And one of those packed events was in Arizona, a red state.
Here’s a look at the numbers:
27,500 in Los Angeles, Aug. 10
28,000 in Portland, Ore., Aug. 9
15,000 in Seattle, Aug. 8
4,500 in New Orleans, July 26
8,000 in Dallas, July 19
11,000 in Phoenix, July 18
7,500 in Portland, Maine July 6
10,000 in Madison, Wisconsin, July 1
Sanders, 73, is attracting more people than any other candidate in the race, by far. The largest crowd Clinton has pulled is 5,500 and that was at her New York City announcement on Roosevelt Island in June.
Polling in the first primary state of New Hampshire does seem to show Clinton’s lead shrinking. A new poll from the Boston Herald-Franklin Pierce University shows Sanders actually toppling Clinton by seven points, 44 percent to 37 percent, but this is the only survey that shows that kind of lead.
A WMUR/University of New Hampshire poll released Aug. 4 showed Clinton leading Sanders by six points, 42 percent to 36 percent. That's down from another poll by NBC News/Marist, on July 26, that showed Clinton leading Sanders by 13 points, 47 percent to 34 percent.
And what about online? As for how well Sanders was doing against Clinton on Twitter, both names had a similar footprint. In the past seven days, there have been 308,000 mentions for Clinton and 270,000 for Sanders. But there's no way to tell how many of any of those mentions are positive or negative.
“I will give a hat tip to Sen. Bernie Sanders, not for the reasons you expect, but I at least give him credit for saying what he is: That he’s a socialist,” Walker said. “He actually proudly proclaims it and embraces it. If you look at some of the policies that Hillary Clinton is talking about, they just run dangerously close to that. She’s just not calling it like it is.”
ABC News' Jordyn Phelps, Lindsay Brown and Dennis Powell contributed to this report.