Bernie Sanders had hopes and dreams of one day sitting in the White House oval office, swiveling in that famous Presidential chair as he made decisions that affected not just the nation but the world. Now, however, Bernie is looking at a dream dimmed by reality, because Sanders may not succeed in completing what he anticipated as a battle against Hillary Clinton that would extend through June as they vie for the Democratic presidential nomination, reported USA Today.
That uncertainty that resulted from his South Carolina primary loss could change when the outcome of Super Tuesday’s primary vote is known. Can Bernie hold the course and effectively compete? Sanders may know the answer after American Samoa and 11 states have held their primaries on Tuesday.
The 865 pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention represent 36.3% of the total number of delegates needed (2,382) to make the nomination certain. At this point, among the 11 states, Sanders has no worries about his beloved Vermont’s votes. In addition to his home state, Bernie believes he will be victorious in Oklahoma, Minnesota, Colorado, and Massachusetts. Just how many delegates will he score in the remaining states? The method used by the Democrats provides for delegates in relationship to the candidate’s share of each state’s votes.
But while all that might sound promising for Sanders, the states in which Bernie views himself as triumphing have only a third of the delegates pledged. And when it comes to the so-called superdelegates (unpledged party leaders and officials who choose for themselves the candidate each wants to support), it’s Clinton, not Sanders, who is out in front.
But despite his downfall in the South Carolina primary, Bernie is sticking to positive verbiage.
“Now it’s on to Super Tuesday,” proclaimed Sanders. “In just three days, Democrats in 11 states will pick 10 times more pledged delegates on one day than were selected in the four early states so far in this campaign. Our grassroots political revolution is growing state by state, and we won’t stop now.”
How does this play out with regard to the analysis of an expert? Bernie should regard Super Tuesday as a “critical” junction, cautioned David Wasserman, an analyst of delegate counts for the Cook Political Report.
“[Sanders has] got to stay within striking distance of Hillary Clinton or else she’ll put the race away,” predicted Wasserman. “By our estimates, if Clinton were to match patterns of support she’s received in primaries to date, she would win between 75 and 100 more delegates than Sanders on March 1. That would mean that Sanders would need to win approximately 58% of the remaining pledged and undeclared superdelegates to tie Hillary Clinton by the end of the primaries. That’s virtually impossible to do.”
But Bernie is a believer in those superdelegates. His campaign contends that once Sanders gains pledged delegates, the superdelegates will shift camps. Moreover, those supporting Bernie have unveiled independent campaigns to make that hope a reality at the convention. What would happen if Sanders takes the lead in the number of pledged delegates?
“The pressure on the superdelegates not to go against the will of the voters is going to be enormous,” predicted the senior media adviser to Bernie, Tad Devine.
As to the outcome of South Carolina’s Democratic primary, the results provided some insights about Sanders, pointed out CNN.
By investing in that race, Bernie showed he believes he can make a difference by focusing on two issues: Criminal justice reform and changing the current economic inequality. The $2 million Sanders spent in ads included an endorsement from Spike Lee.
And despite his loss, Sanders has sought to excite his followers by encouraging them to see themselves as powerful.
“Football is a spectator sport. Democracy is not a spectator sport. Every person in this room is extremely powerful if you choose to use your power.”
Spike Lee made his own views known in his endorsement of Bernie, reported Rolling Stone. Lee declared that he’s a believer because he views Sanders as able to make a positive difference in contrast to other candidates.
“For too long, we’ve given our votes to corporate puppets,” declared Spike. “Ninety-nine percent of Americans were hurt by the Great Recession of 2008, and many are still recovering. And that’s why I’m officially endorsing my brother Bernie Sanders.”
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