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Bernie Sanders Is Creating a New and Untested Electoral Force in American Politics
Posted on Feb 18, 2016
The conventional wisdom that holds Bernie Sanders is merely attracting “wine-track young liberals and small-donor donations” is “radically incomplete,” writes Jeff Stein at Vox:
“Sanders’s coalition looks very different from what Obama created, or what most experts had expected,” Stein says. “According to pollsters and political science professors, Sanders appears to have combined elements of both Obama and Clinton’s 2008 voting blocs—he’s building something new and untested as an electoral force in American politics.”
Dave Wasserman, a political analyst at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, says: “The irony of this Democratic primary so far is that Hillary Clinton’s path to victory involves winning the voters she lost in 2008. And Bernie Sanders’s path to victory depends on winning the voters Hillary Clinton won in 2008. [...] That’s a remarkable turn of events in just eight years.”
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