Singer Demi Lovato performed at a rally for Hillary Clinton at the University of Iowa on Thursday, part of a larger attempt by Clinton to win over young women before Iowa’s caucuses on February 1. While Clinton has firm support from older women, many younger women — like younger people in general — are more inclined to support Sanders. And sex scandals from the 1990s involving Bill Clinton have been dogging her appeal to younger women as they learn about the sordid details of them. Clinton and Lovato drew a crowd of largely young women to the University of Iowa’s campus, where Clinton then spoke for less than five minutes. Instead, the stage was Lovato’s, who performed for the crowd and offered Clinton a ringing endorsement. “It’s time that we celebrate the real superstar that’s here today,” said Lovato. “Not only am I voting for her because of her beliefs, her strength, but the fact that she completely embodies the concept of women empowerment.”
The crowd Thursday night included many young women who support Clinton and the historic nature of her candidacy. But many, despite expressing respect for Clinton, say they will still be voting for Sanders. A CNN/ORC poll released Thursday showed Sanders opening up a significant lead going into the Iowa caucuses with a 51 percent to 43 percent margin over Clinton. On Friday, Clinton is making another entreaty toward women, hoping they will help lift her campaign throughout the primary season. Clinton is attending a dinner in Manchester, New Hampshire, celebrating the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s January 22, 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion. The celebration is being hosted by Naral Pro-Choice New Hampshire and is a chance for Clinton to reiterate her support of abortion rights and appeal to women voters in the all-important early voting Granite State. And amid all of the ominous polling data that’s emerged in the last week or so, Clinton got some good news Friday afternoon in a poll of Iowa voters that shows she has a commanding lead over Sanders. The Loras College Poll shows Clinton enjoys 59 percent support from likely voters, some 29 points over Sanders 30 percent in the survey.
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