The 2016 Nevada polls have yet to give a clear picture based on the early caucus numbers, but if Bernie Sanders wins, some feel it would be like Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen winning the Hunger Games. While that movie comparison seems a bit confusing at first, if you consider that young Americans are spreading Bernie’s fire with the slogan “feel the Bern,” then it explains how some feel about the upstart Democratic socialist who is trying to overturn the system supporting Hillary Clinton.
In Las Vegas, Nevada, Bernie Sanders’ office sits right up against a marijuana church called the Higher Power Cannabis Church. The location makes sense because Bernie supports marijuana legalization, but the strip mall also happens to face the college campus for the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, where presumably a large percentage of young voters are supporting Sanders.
“Younger voters are clearly the strongest group for Senator Sanders, and this is sort of reminiscent of the Obama campaign — where younger voters were the president’s strongest bloc as well — across racial lines,” said Jeff Weaver Sanders’ campaign manager.
One of the so-called Bernie Bros manning the Las Vegas Sanders office is Andrew McQuinn. The 27-year-old is a volunteer, but he is hoping to get a full-time job with the Bernie campaign over the long haul. Before the 2016 elections, McQuinn says he was never active in politics. The hope and change promised by President Obama was not quite enough to inspire, but the prospect of Bernie Sanders winning has the millennial excited.
“Obama was the first candidate I voted for,” McQuinn told the Guardian. “Until this campaign, I never… the only political thing I did was campaign to get gay marriage legalized in Maine. Other than that, I’m not a political person at all. I went from not having any time to volunteer because I was juggling three jobs to spending all my free time here and making 50 phone calls. It’s like an addiction.”
Another young volunteer is 18-year-old Katie Wilcox. She believes “politics has that stigma that it doesn’t matter, that it’s just a horse race,” but “Bernie’s the kind of candidate who encourages young people to vote, because he supports issues young people care about. They see that a candidate recognizes what they want, like free college tuition and healthcare, because we’re all, like, broke.”
While Bernie is able to excite the young despite being old himself, Hillary Clinton’s campaign has struggled to gain any enthusiasm. McQuinn believes the reason is that Hillary is “wearing a mask” and that she’s “bought and paid for by millionaires.” Bernie, on the other hand, is seen as a revolutionary figure like in the movies due to his political positions based upon Democratic socialism.
“I compare it to the Hunger Games, with Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire. Bernie Sanders is the man on fire for the United States, and the fire’s spreading. It started with a tiny flame, but it turned into a forest fire all across the country,” he said.
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Some Americans would probably pay good money to see Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders tossed into a Hunger Games-style death match for determining the 2017 President of the United States. But they are furiously battling away with numbers, not swords and arrows, while trying to win those 2016 Nevada polls.
A CNN/ORC Nevada poll released on Wednesday claims the two Democratic candidates are in a “dead heat” for the upcoming Nevada caucus vote. Trump is leading the Republican pack by a double-digit lead with 45 percent, but Hillary holds 48 percent while Bernie is at 47 percent. The flame of Bernie’s numbers has certainly grown higher over the last several months, since back in October only 34 percent of those polled in Nevada said they want the United States to “feel the Bern.”
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