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Thu Apr 9, 2020, 08:43 PM

 

538: Why Bernie Sanders Lost

There is a simple explanation for why Sen. Bernie Sanders, who officially suspended his presidential campaign on Wednesday, lost the Democratic nomination: Former Vice President Joe Biden trounced the Vermont senator when the race narrowed to a one-on-one contest after Super Tuesday. The results of the caucuses and primaries before and on Super Tuesday left Sanders trailing Biden by 83 pledged delegates ó a significant, but perhaps not insurmountable, deficit.1 But the Vermont senator lost eight of the 11 contests after Super Tuesday,2 winning only North Dakota, the Northern Mariana Islands and among Democrats who are American citizens but living abroad. Moreover, many of Bidenís wins were blowouts, ballooning his pledged delegate lead to 311, a margin that is essentially insurmountable.

Of course, the simple explanation for Sandersís loss begs a deeper question: Why did Sanders do so badly in a one-on-one contest against Biden? Iíd offer three explanations, none of which are mutually exclusive from the other two.

Sanders didnít run a smart enough campaign

In 2016, Sanders built a passionate bloc of supporters who crowded his rallies and flooded his campaign with money, but lost to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a more centrist, establishment Democrat who had greater appeal among black, Southern and older voters. In 2020, Sanders built a passionate bloc of supporters who crowded his rallies and flooded his campaign with money but lost to Biden, a more centrist, establishment Democrat who had greater appeal among black, Southern and older voters. Sanders got almost no backing from elected Democrats in 2016, and didnít court the party establishment that much in 2020 either. That was a major barrier to his candidacy ó not only did Sanders again get little support from the party elite, but that same elite was instrumental in helping Biden consolidate the field and winnow the race to a two-man contest.

Both Clinton and Biden were strong opponents, each having deep connections to a recent Democratic president. But itís fair to criticize Sanders for losing in 2020 in a fairly similar way to 2016.

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https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-bernie-sanders-lost/
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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 08:46 PM

1. KR for reading a little later!

 

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Thu Apr 9, 2020, 08:58 PM

2. Brooklynite: Why Bernie Sanders Lost

 

Democrats didnít vote for him.
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Response to brooklynite (Reply #2)

Thu Apr 9, 2020, 09:17 PM

3. Yep.

 

Roughly 2:1 for Biden, very similar to the ratio for Clinton in 2016.
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