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Bernie Sanders is down by just 8 points in New Hampshire and has gained tremendous momentum in Iowa. If the Vermont senator wins both the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary, the odds will favor him getting the Democratic nomination. What was once thought of as a long shot is becoming a reality, primarily because Bernie Sanders has energized his base while Hillary Clinton has been forced to defend against email and foreign donor scandals. However, this isn't the first time in recent history that a challenger to Clinton was once thought of as a long shot.
As for the Electoral College and Bernie Sanders, a closer look at the numbers and the electoral map shows that Vermont's senator is indeed a pragmatic choice (no email scandals, voted consistently on progressive issues before they were popular, energized a base of Democratic supporters) for Democratic nominee. Also, Sanders has a better chance than Hillary of defeating Jeb Bush or any other GOP challenger. According to a POLITICO piece titled The 2016 Results We Can Already Predict, Democrats across the nation simply have to vote in a similar manner to 2012 for Sanders to win:
originally posted by: Excallibacca
Bernie's stance on gun control is enough to keep him out of the minds of a good chunk of independents.
Sanders' gun record puts him crosswise with Democratic rivals Hillary Clinton and Martin O'Malley—who have criticized the NRA and called for more gun control after a gunman massacred nine Americans at a historic black church in Charleston in June—as well as progressive activists who otherwise heap praise on him as a bold fighter for the middle class.
"We fight him when he's wrong," said Charles Chamberlain, the executive director of Democracy For America, a progressive advocacy group founded by Howard Dean. He called gun control an issue that's important to members of his group, and one "where our members would differ on Bernie's policies."
originally posted by: AlaskanDad
a reply to: beezzer
I often wonder after JFK, do our presidents toe the line to a higher power?
i.e. the military industrial complex