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Sun Feb 23, 2020, 02:04 AM Feb 2020

Sanders eviscerates the conventional wisdom about why he can't win [View all]

LAS VEGAS — On Saturday in Nevada, Bernie Sanders laid waste not just to his five main rivals but also to every shard of conventional wisdom about the Democratic presidential primaries.

You could see the dominoes of punditry cliches falling inside the caucus rooms. At the Bellagio Hotel, which held one of several “Strip caucuses” meant to be easily accessible to hospitality workers along Vegas’ main drag, 75 Sanders supporters gathered along the wall of a ballroom.

The powerful Culinary Union, which opposes Sanders’ Medicare for All plan and spent the final weeks of the campaign in a high-profile fight with his campaign, was supposed to weaken him. And yet the Sanders’s ranks were speckled with red-shirted Culinary members. (Overall, Sanders won 34% of caucus-goers from union households, besting all of his rivals.)

Sanders wasn’t supposed to be able to break through with black and brown voters, but the group was racially and ethnically diverse. (Sanders won 27% of African Americans and 53% of Hispanics across the state.) The Sanders movement is supposed to be limited to those crazy college kids who don’t remember socialist as a slur. But there were plenty of older Sanders backers at the Bellagio chanting “Bernie” along with their 20-something comrades. (Sanders won every age category in the state except Nevadans over 65, which he ceded to Joe Biden.)


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I wonder if Sanders will do as well with the Latino vote in Texas. redqueen Feb 2020 #1
Bernie does well with ALL demographics...cuz his progressive vision worx for the benefIt of EVERYONE InAbLuEsTaTe Feb 2020 #2
Does it really worx!?! Eko Feb 2020 #4
Yes it really does Worx. booley Feb 2020 #6
Not sure how it could be a typo Eko Feb 2020 #11
Love it. rwsanders Feb 2020 #15
Of course I never said anything of the sort Eko Feb 2020 #17
What was the point of bringing up the typo? I must have missed that. rwsanders Feb 2020 #18
Just because you missed it Eko Feb 2020 #24
OK boomer rwsanders Feb 2020 #28
Ok little kid. Eko Feb 2020 #29
Thanks I'll take that! rwsanders Feb 2020 #32
This. CentralMass Feb 2020 #7
Yep. Bernie is a man of the people. jcmaine72 Feb 2020 #8
Au contraire, mon ami. pazzyanne Feb 2020 #33
He had almost exactly the same outcome as he did last time in NV. No one will win the primaries pnwmom Feb 2020 #35
My Hispanic husband cannabis_flower Feb 2020 #3
According to polls Sanders leads the Latino vote at 30% booley Feb 2020 #9
Question is will that translate into enough minority voters actually showing up to vote when cstanleytech Feb 2020 #19
You should have seen El Paso going crazy for him today...and they were lined up outside Scotch-Irish Feb 2020 #10
they keep underestimating him booley Feb 2020 #5
I think this article covers a lot of the whys rwsanders Feb 2020 #21
No it doesn't LostinRed Feb 2020 #12
Oh lord... jmowreader Feb 2020 #13
Oh wow!! blue-wave Feb 2020 #14
And the crystal balls show this because 2016 went so well? rwsanders Feb 2020 #16
Well, maybe 2016 would have gone better if blue-wave Feb 2020 #22
Sanders has no historical swing state appeal outside of MOE, Biden has the most uponit7771 Feb 2020 #30
McGovern seriously? white_wolf Feb 2020 #23
As a matter of fact, I do. It's posted just above your snarky comment. blue-wave Feb 2020 #26
Too bad the aloof Joe Biden peequod Feb 2020 #25
Nah HarlanPepper Feb 2020 #31
Sanders has no historical swing state appeal outside of MOE, Biden has the most uponit7771 Feb 2020 #20
If that qualifies as "eviscerates" we're in big trouble. HarlanPepper Feb 2020 #27
Great read erlewyne Feb 2020 #34
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