The South Carolina primary on the weekend was a solid victory for the Clinton campaign, and was an indication of the increased support Hillary Clinton has gained from African American voters, a key group which can help tip the balance in a general election. Clinton will be riding high as a kite on this vote of confidence and using it as proof that she will win the nomination, and also the general election. Bernie Sanders meanwhile is feeling the Bern as his dismal numbers in South Carolina indicated a much smaller than expected showing of young people, and his poll numbers for Super Tuesday aren’t looking all that good. At this point it might take a revolution for him to become the nominee.
Youth, women and minority voters are three key groups that you need in order to win the presidency. So far, Sanders’ message of economic inequality appears to generally resonate with only one of these groups, which could be the reason his campaign falters. But regardless of who becomes the Democratic nominee, the issues raised by Sanders are vital and must be addressed by the next president.
In many ways, Bernie Sanders has already changed the face of politics. His decision to run for president has created a situation where there has been a healthy debate on the issues which are closest to his heart; inequality, wealth, health care and education. His popularity with millions of Americans has forced Hillary Clinton to clarify her position on a number of issues and shown many establishment politicians a type of anger that is present within the population that was previously unknown or ignored.
Sanders says he intends to continue to race until the Democratic convention in July, and he has been focusing his campaign on many of the states where he will be competitive on Super Tuesday. But if polling reflects results, it may be a shorter than expected battle. But Sanders should hang in the race for as long as possible, because his brand of passionate politics is a revolution worth striving for.
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