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Sanders' 2020 expectations derailed by Biden's comeback
Bernie Sanders is down, but not out: David Asman
FOX Business’ David Asman argues Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stunned people in his press conference by not dropping out of the 2020 Democratic presidential election.
Bernie Sanders pledged to harness the energy from his first campaign to turn out more voters in 2020. He would build a coalition of black, young and working-class voters who were energized by his transformative vision for America to build a broad coalition that would make him an unstoppable force against Democratic rivals and President Trump.
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He was wrong.
Virtually every expectation that the Vermont senator carried into his second White House bid has been overturned by Joe Biden's dramatic comeback. The former vice president has emerged as the candidate preferred by African Americans from South Carolina to Mississippi and Michigan. Biden has also won voters without college degrees and made striking inroads in the suburbs that could be critical to control of the White House in November.
“Last night, obviously, was not a good night for our campaign, from a delegate point of view,” Sanders said Wednesday in his first public comments since he lost Michigan, the state that solidified his insurgent campaign four years ago.
Sanders isn't going anywhere immediately. He will be in Arizona on Sunday for a one-on-one debate against Biden. Arizona, which votes next Tuesday, is one of the few remaining bright spots on the primary calendar for Sanders. Having demonstrated new strength with Latinos this year, he hopes similar support in Arizona could at least momentarily blunt Biden.
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But the hurdles are getting higher. Sanders needs to win 57 percent of the remaining delegates to wrest the nomination from Biden. Both the rules for allocating delegates and voting history suggest that will be difficult.
Sanders' challenge is demonstrated in part by his support among young voters. In Michigan, the largest of six states that voted last Tuesday, about 70 percent of voters under 30 backed Sanders. But they accounted for only 14 percent of voters, according to AP VoteCast, a survey of the state's electorate.
Veteran Democratic strategist James Carville criticized Sanders' flawed belief that he could fundamentally change the electorate by relying on the young.
“There was no chance,” Carville said. “Any political scientist with an IQ above room temperature could have told you that.”
If one of Sanders' strongest constituencies doesn't turn out in large numbers, it may do him little good.