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Are Candidates Outside The Mainstream Electable?06:41

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at Boutwell Auditorium, January 18, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama. Sanders spoke to a capacity crowd of around 5,000 supporters. (Hal Yeager/Getty Images)closemore
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at Boutwell Auditorium, January 18, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama. Sanders spoke to a capacity crowd of around 5,000 supporters. (Hal Yeager/Getty Images)

A week from right now, we will likely know who won the Iowa caucuses. A new CNN poll shows Bernie Sanders closer than he's been to Hillary Clinton in months, though Clinton is still in the lead, ahead 52 percent to Sanders' 38 percent of registered voters who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning.

Political science professor Seth McKee of Texas Tech University joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson to discuss Bernie Sanders, who self-identifies as a democratic socialist, and how he compares to past candidates who have been outside of the mainstream. They also look at some of the Republican candidates who are not considered establishment candidates.

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  • Seth McKee, associate professor of political science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
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