AUSTIN -- As more Democrats are "feeling the Bern," the Clinton camp is feeling the heat.
After eaking out a paper victory by a hair's breadth in Iowa, Hillary Clinton's campaign fell far short of expectations in Tuesday's primary defeat to Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire.
"I don't think she's in real trouble, but she better watch out," Austin Democratic analyst Harold Cook told KVUE Thursday. "Because the days when we were debating whether or not Bernie Sanders is a real candidate are over. He's real."
Clinton continues to lead national polls, but the overall trend offers little comfort to those within her campaign. While everyone expected Sanders to win New Hampshire, few expected by how much.
"I think that a lot of Democrats underestimated the extent to which there are a lot of Democrats that are just as disgusted with the status quo as a lot of the same Republicans that are supporting Donald Trump," Cook said. "This is not a good year for the status quo."
Exit polls show Clinton lost women and young people by landslides.
"The only story line for the next few weeks is Latinos and African-Americans," Progress Texas executive director Ed Espinoza told KVUE Wednesday. "It is a huge constituency of the Democratic party that we have seen nothing of in Iowa and New Hampshire yet."
Both are constituencies that have long been supportive of Clinton, who launched a new ad Wednesday highlighting "the hard truth of injustice and systemic racism."
On Thursday, Clinton received the endorsement of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, and African-American lawmakers including Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) and Houston's Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX). Not conceding the fight, Sanders met with Al Sharpton Wednesday in Harlem, though Sharpton was clear their meeting was not an endorsement.
"He's making the rounds, he's making the effort," Espinoza said. "The difference is, can you make the effort now and show good faith that you're trying to build bridges? Is that enough to compare with somebody who has spent a lifetime building relationships with these communities?"
As for Clinton, Cook said she needs to connect to her voters better.
"It's time for Hillary to retool her message, to stop talking in wonky terms and start talking in terms that motivate voters better," said Cook. "And I think she can do it. It is not time to panic, it's just time to focus."