Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Clinton Stole Nevada

At least it helped ease her nervousness:

"The returns from Nevada also showed Clinton winning in Hispanic areas in Clark County by big numbers, casting doubt on entrance polls that suggested Sanders managed to boost his following among these voters."

That's all I really needed to see.

"Will the battle for the South decide both nominating contests?" by Matt Viser and Annie Linskey Globe Staff  February 22, 2016

WASHINGTON —The Nevada victory sent relief through Hillary Clinton’s campaign — as the presidential contest entered a new phase of campaigning in scattered states that can best be reached by airplanes instead of buses.

How is that helping the greenhouse gas and global warming problem (pfffft; I didn't know they could jump the shark with the seas that high)?

That link is one reason among many that I have not yet read the Globe today. It's sitting on the table over there with the piece of notepad paper on top of it. 

A dozen states are scheduled to host nominating contests on Super Tuesday, just eight days away, when the South is prepared to flex its muscle in American politics with the power to go a long way toward settling both nominating contests. On the same day, a handful of northern states, including Massachusetts, will also vote in contests that Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont hopes will keep [his candidacy] alive.

This new terrain will open both presidential primaries to a far more diverse group of voters. It will force the campaigns to prioritize where to spend their time, and it could reward the better-funded candidates.

Why? Didn't help Jeb Bush.

Clinton is shifting to more comfortable territory in states with large African-American populations, who are likely to bolster her efforts to gain control of the race after a significant threat from Sanders.

Texas is the Super Tuesday prize, and it reads like it is over.

“If the month of March is good for Clinton, which it’s set up to be as long as she keeps her foot on the gas pedal, she can wrap this up sooner rather than later,” said Mary Anne Marsh, a Boston-based Democratic strategist who is not working for either campaign.

Clinton racked up support among African-American voters in Nevada, according to entrance polls there. This bodes well for her prospects in South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia.


So they were right on when it came to the black voters, huh?

The returns from Nevada also showed Clinton winning in Hispanic areas in Clark County by big numbers, casting doubt on entrance polls that suggested Sanders managed to boost his following among these voters.

Seeing as Bernie isn't making much of a fuss about, one can only conclude he is a sacrificial lamb simply playing out his role in the show.

The real test of Sanders’ strength among that population comes March 1, when Texas and Colorado — two places with larger Hispanic populations — are among the 11 states where Democrats will hold contests.

But first, there’s the Democrats’ South Carolina primary on Saturday.

I will be working in a post before then so stay tuned.

Sanders visited a black Baptist church in West Columbia on Sunday morning. Polls have never shown his message resonating there, and it’s unclear how much time he’ll spend in the state over the next week.

On Monday, the Vermont senator turns to a more friendly Super Tuesday state. He’ll host a rally at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, touching down in a state where he’s leading in one recent poll....

Big deal!

"One area where Sanders acknowledged he must do better is in voter turnout. The constituencies he does best with — especially young people — are notoriously difficult to draw to the polls."

Right. They will show up for the rallies and believe in the system (until it betrays them), but they don't bother to go vote. 

That's also dovetails into the Bernie's voters are old and white theme, and the forced confronting of the constantly mixed messages of the fixed narrative.


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