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Despite the increasingly popular opinion that Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is slowly but surely losing the race, we honestly believe this is not the case. The numbers may currently be against him, but his campaign has been outperforming all expectations and will most probably continue to do so. The Democratic nomination is still an open question and Sanders is refusing to allow it to become a closed one.
Let’s take a look at what Bernie has managed to accomplish so far. In all honesty, we can all agree that he has faced tremendous obstacles with a massive lack of name recognition. Next, he had to deal with an extraordinary deficit of corporate media coverage and an intransigent Democratic National Committee that profoundly refused to increase the number of primary debates. A Tyndall Report published in December 2015 showed an incredible 81:1 ratio of Trump-related coverage to Bernie-related coverage on ABC. Finally, let’s not forget the time Bernie won Time’s Person of the Year online vote, but Time’s editorial board refused to acknowledge the honor and didn’t pick him.
Despite all this, Bernie has managed to keep his head up and amassed ginormous crowds to his rallies (there were an estimated 28,000 people in Portland and an additional 28,000 in Los Angeles). In spite of his pledges to refuse corporate contributions, Bernie still somehow ended up wildly successful at fundraising – his campaign raised $42.7 million from 1.4 million contributions in February alone and an incredible $6 million in the last day before Super Tuesday. Let’s take a moment to remember that it’s far more than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton managed to collect, as she only raised $30 million last month.
As of February 22, Bernie has collected close to $100 million from individual contributions, with the average contribution being around $30. He has been successful at garnering endorsements from nearly every single progressive group that allows their members to determine whom to endorse – Bernie would usually win around 80% of these votes.
As far as election battles go, he fought the vaunted Clinton juggernaut to a very close tie in Iowa, he won New Hampshire by an impressive 22 percent and lost Nevada by only 5 percent after being down 20 percent just a few months ago. Additionally, Bernie received endorsements from some pretty big names, including Rober Reich, Bill Clinton’s former Labor Secretary, as well as Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who actually stepped down from her position as vice-chair of the Democratic National Committee in order to do so. All of this really doesn’t sound like a campaign that’s going nowhere – quite the contrary, in fact.
Now, here’s what went down on Super Tuesday: Clinton won Southern states and she won them big time, there’s absolutely no denying that. But the funny thing is that while the media have been so busy highlighting how Clinton “dominated” over Sanders, they completely forgot one crucial point – she was always expected to win the South, there was nothing surprising about the outcome. What’s even more interesting is how quick everyone is to forget the results of the states in which Bernie won (or nearly won, as is the case in Massachusetts). In every single state that he won, Sanders prevailed by hefty margins: in Oklahoma by 10.4%, in Vermont by 72%, in Colorado by almost 20% and in Minnesota by just over 20%. He did lose Massachusetts, but only by around 1.5%. However, he won voters making below $100,000 and 41 percent of nonwhite voters. Finally, he won 334 delegates on Super Tuesday, which is quite the respectable total.
The stories about Clinton’s incredibly successful momentum fail to mention the following statistics: Clinton has a total of 596 pledged delegates, compared to Bernie’s 399, which makes for a gap of fewer than 200 delegates. This is not an insurmountable difference and there are over 75% of pledged delegates that are still up for grabs. Clinton may have the superdelegates, but superdelegates can change their minds at any time. It took Obama until June 3 to secure his nomination while Hillary didn’t concede until June 7. The reports about Sanders’ campaign demising are premature – we’ve still got a long way to go before we have a final nominee.
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