Bernie Sanders gets one last crack at taking down Hillary Clinton before the South Carolina primary in a CNN Democratic Town Hall that will stream live from Columbia, South Carolina, on Tuesday, just three days after Clinton handed Sanders a bitter setback in the Nevada caucuses apparently solidifying her lead in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination as the candidates head into March — the heart of primary season.
A total of 30 states hold primaries or caucuses during March, as do several United States territories including Puerto Rico and American Samoa. The big month gets going without delay on Tuesday, March 1 — Super Tuesday — the busiest and most important day of the entire primary season with 11 states going to the polls or caucuses.
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Super Tuesday is shaping up as a day of desperation for Bernie Sanders, with polls showing Clinton holding commanding leads in eight of those 11 states — including the richest prize, Texas, with its 252 delegates — while Sanders leads only in his home state of Vermont and its New England neighbor Massachusetts.
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The race in Oklahoma could conceivably tilt to Sanders, with the two candidates running surprisingly close. Clinton leads the state by 2.5 percentage points according to the FiveThirtyEight polling average, but a slight upward trend in recent days coupled with a small but noticeable downward trend for Bernie Sanders will likely put Oklahoma in Clinton’s win column as well.
But a powerful performance at Tuesday’s CNN Democratic Town Hall could help Sanders at least show viability as a continuing candidate if he is able to score enough points with voters to reduce Clinton’s margin of victory in states where she currently appears to be a shoo-in.
Watch a live stream of the CNN Democratic Town Hall, with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton each getting an hour to make their respective cases, in the video below. Or continue reading for more streaming links.
The Town Hall, which will be hosted by CNN New Day anchor Chris Cuomo, goes live at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, 5 p.m. Pacific, on Tuesday, February 23, from the University of South Carolina campus in the state capital city of Columbia.
To warm up for the Tuesday Town Hall, watch both parts of last week’s MSNBC Democratic Town Hall in the two videos below.
Following his loss in Nevada on Saturday, Sanders struck a defiant pose, promising “one of the greatest political upsets in history” by the time the Democratic party holds its national convention starting on July 25 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
But he may be feeling the strain of what appears to be his inability to make significant inroads into Clinton’s polling leads, a fact that would seem to be borne out by his increasingly sharp attacks on the former United States Secretary of State.
In a recent statement on Twitter, the Sanders campaign ripped Clinton for her hesitancy to release transcripts of her private speeches to the Wall Street mega-firm Goldman Sachs, declaring “It’s been 17 days, 16 hours and 32 minutes since Hillary Clinton said she would ‘look into’ releasing her paid speeches to Wall Street.”
In an interview over the weekend, Sanders also attacked Clinton for aligning herself with President Barack Obama, the president who appointed her Secretary of State in 2009, claiming that Clinton was simply attempting to appease African-America voters.
“We know what that’s about,” Sanders told BET Network. That’s trying to win support from the African-American community where the President is enormously popular.”
So far, Sanders’ base of support has come from younger, white voters, while Clinton holds a firm lead — a lead often described as her “firewall” against a Sanders insurgency — among African-American and Latino voters, with whom Sanders has yet to make significant inroads.
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