While the latest poll before the pivotal Iowa caucus on Monday shows Bernie Sanders holding a slight edge over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, observers argue that the campaign\u0026#039;s clear momentum and success in bringing a bold populist agenda to the mainstream already signifies a substantial \u0026#039;win\u0026#039; for the once-longshot candidate.According to the poll conducted by Quinnipiac University, released Monday morning, the Vermont senator is ahead of Clinton 49 to 46 percent among Iowa\u0026#039;s likely Democratic caucus-goers.What\u0026#039;s more, Sanders\u0026#039; advantage was secured by a substantial 62 to 35 percent lead among first-time attendees, underscoring the deep anti-establishment and grassroots support that his campaign has generated.\u0022Iowa isn’t about who wins the most delegates; it is about who gains momentum and legitimacy. What Sanders has already won is very real.\u0022 —Robert Borosage, Campaign for America\u0026#039;s FuturePeter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University poll, said the size of the turnout for the Iowa caucus, which begins at 7 PM CST, will likely be the key factor. \u0022High turnouts with lots of new caucus participants,\u0022 Brown said, \u0022likely would mean a good night for Sen. Bernie Sanders.\u0022The surge of populist support for the \u0022outsider\u0022 candidate also continues to break fundraising records.On Sunday, the Sanders campaign announced that more than 770,000 individuals submitted donations in January alone, pushing the total number of donations past the 3.25 million mark, which is a record for any White House candidate on the eve of the primaries.The campaign raised over $20 million in January with an average contribution of just $27 each, which the campaign describes as \u0022another powerful demonstration of Sanders’ growing grassroots backing.\u0022\u0022As Secretary Clinton holds high-dollar fundraisers with the nation’s financial elite, our supporters have stepped up in a way that allows Bernie to spend the critical days before the caucuses talking to Iowans about his plans to fix a rigged economy and end a corrupt system of campaign finance,\u0022 Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, said, pointing to Clinton\u0026#039;s attendance at a Wall Street-sponsored fundraising event last week.\u0022Working Americans chipping in a few dollars each month are not only challenging but beating the greatest fundraising machine ever assembled,\u0022 Weaver added, noting that the swell of small donations has the campaign \u0022on pace to beat Secretary Clinton’s goal of $50 million in the first quarter of 2016.\u0022In Iowa, the Sanders\u0026#039; campaign has employed a number of \u0022unexpected moves,\u0022 as The Nation\u0026#039;s John Nichols notes, that have helped secure support among the state\u0026#039;s rural voters, including running advertisements months ahead of the caucus in rural weekly and daily newspapers.\u0022As Secretary Clinton holds high-dollar fundraisers with the nation’s financial elite, our supporters have stepped up in a way that allows Bernie to spend the critical days before the caucuses talking to Iowans about his plans to fix a rigged economy and end a corrupt system of campaign finance.\u0022 —Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign managerThe campaign has also brought back the \u0026#039;barnstorm,\u0026#039; drawing an estimated 63,000 people in Iowa—and more than 507,000 nation-wide—to mass rallies and town meetings since the campaign began last April.\u0022We are running a simple, straightforward grassroots campaign. We are discussing the major issues facing our country and hearing what Iowans have to say,\u0022 the candidate told a crowd of 1,300 Friday evening in Dubuque, Iowa. \u0022We sense growing momentum here in Iowa and we think we have a great opportunity to win.\u0022When compared to the February 2015 NBC News/Marist poll which found Sanders losing to Clinton in Iowa 7 to 68 percent, Sanders has come a long way. And regardless of whether he wins the most delegates on Monday or not, Campaign for America’s Future co-director Robert Borosage argues that Sanders can already claim victory in Iowa.\u0022Iowa isn’t about who wins the most delegates; it is about who gains momentum and legitimacy,\u0022 Borosage wrote on Monday. \u0022What Sanders has already won is very real.\u0022\u0022He’s put forth a bold, populist agenda. He’s challenged the grip of big money on our politics,\u0022 Borosage continued. \u0022And he’s shown that his message can electrify the young and attract working people.\u0022\u0022Sanders is putting the powers that be on notice,\u0022 he added. \u0022This rigged system doesn’t work for the vast majority of Americans. And the complacent politics of the establishment center offer no way out. The elites of both parties better figure out how to cut Americans a better deal—or Americans will demand a new dealer.\u0022Looking ahead to the next major contest in New Hampshire, Sanders continues to hold first place in the February 9 primary 57 percent compared with Clinton\u0026#039;s 34 percent, according to a University of New Hampshire poll released Sunday.