July 30, 2015

HE'S A BEN & JERRY'S FLAVOR, NOT A CANDIDATE:

Support for Bernie Sanders Is Deep but Narrow (Nate Cohn, 7/30/15, NY Times)

As many as 100,000 people attended house parties for Bernie Sanders on Wednesday in an extraordinary and perhaps unprecedented early demonstration of grass-roots support.

Although the tremendous turnout for Mr. Sanders was an impressive indication of the depth of his support among the Democratic Party's liberal activists, it seems that his base of support is quite narrow.

An analysis of Mr. Sanders's activist base shows that the turnout for Mr. Sanders was overwhelmingly concentrated in the country's most liberal communities. There were actually more Sanders attendees in Portland, Ore., than in New Hampshire or Iowa. There was little or no activity in many nonwhite and conservative areas that possess the votes and delegates to decide the nomination.

Twelve congressional districts -- all in Southern or nonwhite areas -- had no Sanders events. There were no Sanders events in an overwhelmingly Democratic, minority-heavy district in New York City. There were no Sanders events in two heavily Hispanic congressional districts in California. There were no events in several congressional districts in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida.

Posted by at July 30, 2015 7:10 PM
  

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