Bernie Sanders is strong in the West

With the obvious disclaimer that he remains a long shot to win the Democratic nomination, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is nonetheless kicking ass out West.

Of the eight most western states that have voted thus far — Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Washington — Sanders has taken six of them, and mostly by large numbers. Even including Hillary Clinton’s wins in Nevada (52.7%-47.2%) and Arizona (57.6%-39.9%), Bernie still holds a cumulative 32-point advantage among the compendium.

It’s basically what happened during the southern primaries, only in reverse. While Clinton was racking up discouragingly huge wins in states like Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi — who will never help elect a Democrat in a general election — now Sanders is doing the same in the truly liberal- and swing-states.

Because this isn’t a winner-take-all format, it probably won’t matter. Clinton stockpiled a ton of delegates early on in the red states, putting Bernie in a massive, likely insurmountable hole.

And this seems logically unfair. Set aside for a second the issue of super delegates, because that’s another bag entirely, but do Americans really want some 10 states in the South to be the determining factor in deciding a presidential nominee? I’m not taking any shots at the people or their way of life.

I’m just saying it’s behind the rest of the country.

Clinton built her delegate lead on a gaggle of conservative hotbeds, and now Sanders aims to make his comeback where the base of his support resides: In the progressive area of America.

 

 

2 responses

  1. This was interesting but I think it’s worth pointing out that not every state has open primaries. In Texas you have to pick either democrat OR republican, and can only vote in one primary. Honestly I thought this was a dumb rule, but now I see why it can be a good thing: all of Hilary’s votes from Texas came from democrats, and not republicans. Perhaps if all states had closed primaries it would lead to a better, more honest, outcome. Then again, maybe not. Food for thought, regardless.

  2. Yeah, I had to re-register as a Democrat in California just so I can vote for Bernie in the primary.

    As for fairness, I tend to look at it in the opposite: I think a more honest outcome is having every state be an open primary, because then every American would be able to vote for the candidate of their choice. Without party affiliation.

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