Bernie Sanders rolls his “Future To Believe In” rally into Buffalo on Monday for an event that will stream live as Sanders battles to overcome what now appears to be a widening deficit in the New York state polls to front-runner Hillary Clinton, who is running in the state where she served as its first woman ever in the United States Senate.
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Sanders was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1941, but moved to rural Vermont in the mid-1960s where he has lived ever since, and entering politics in the early 1980s as mayor of Burlington, Vermont’s largest city.
But Sanders is campaigning hard to overcome Clinton’s home field advantage in New York, with five rallies in two days stretching across the state, after a series of rallies in New York City over the weekend and late last week.
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According to a New Yorker Magazine article published online Sunday, Bernie Sanders is attempting to mobilize a large, unpaid force of grassroots level campaign workers in New York, in hopes of staging a surprise turnout on April 19 that will catch pollsters unawares.
“Normally when you run a campaign, you have a lot of people working for you—you have to drag them places, and you have to pay people to do things,” Bill Lipton of the Sanders-backing Working Families Party told New Yorker scribe John Cassidy.
“This is a different type of campaign. There is a movement out there for Bernie Sanders,” Lipton said. “He has the type of energy we’ve rarely seen in New York politics, where thousands of people come out for a rally in response to an e-mail. Many of them leave with sheets of paper telling them how to get involved, and the next day they are knocking on doors.”
With temperatures in the 30s and 40s over the past several days, the 74-year-old Sanders has been braving the elements to deliver speeches at outdoor rallies in New York City, as seen in the video below, from a Bernie Sanders rally in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn on Friday.
But in Buffalo, where the weather remains frigid, Bernie Sanders has opted for an indoor rally, at Alumni Arena on the University of Buffalo campus, getting underway at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (4 p.m. Pacific), with doors opening at 4 p.m.
Watch the Bernie Sanders “Future To Believe In” rally from Buffalo, New York, stream live in the video below.
On the Bernie Sanders website, his events page bears the header, “Let’s Get To Work!” And that is exactly what Sanders must do if he wants to maintain what he calls the “momentum” he gained from winning seven of the last eight Democratic contests, all in western states.
But six of those seven wins came in caucus votes, not in primary elections. In fact, of the 13 caucuses so far in the primary campaign, Bernie Sanders has won 11 of them — but only five primary states. Only one more state remaining on the Democratic calendar will hold a caucus, North Dakota on June 7.
So Sanders must prove in New York on April 19 that he can win a major state primary, and win it by a sizable margin. Right now, his prospects look grim.
The two latest polls to be released in New York, a Fox News poll and an Emerson College poll, both issued last week, show Sanders trailing Clinton by 16 points and 18 points respectively — even though two polls issued at the end of March and in early April — from YouGov and Quinnipiac University — showed Sanders with deficits of just 10 points and 12 points.
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So if the latest polls are accurate, Sanders has actually lost ground to Clinton as the New York primary has moved closer.
Can Bernie Sanders do something to turn the trend around? He is sure going to try. His Buffalo rally is the third of three on Monday, a day which starts for Sanders at 7 a.m., 200 miles east of Buffalo in Binghamton, New York.
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