Bernie Sanders scored the one victory that has every Democrat trembling with fear
The Democrat presidential primary is beginning to reach a stage of clarity.
And the news is not good for the Left.
That’s because Bernie Sanders scored the one victory that has every Democrat trembling with fear.
Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders squeaked out a victory over former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the New Hampshire primary 26 percent to 24 percent.
“This victory here is the beginning of the end of Donald Trump,” Sanders declared in his victory speech.
While Sanders’ win established him as the frontrunner it did not provide comfort for Democrats.
That’s because polls show Sanders’ centerpiece policy proposal of the government banning private health insurance and institution of a Euro-style health care system is wildly unpopular with Americans.
Sanders’ only chance to win is by expanding the electorate by bringing new voters into the fold.
But the New Hampshire primary threw cold water on that idea.
Turnout for voters age 18 to 29 in New Hampshire was down to 11 percent in 2020 from 18 percent in 2016, which meant that Sanders failed to attract new first time voters.
In addition, turnout for the Democrat party primary did exceed 2016 levels, but that was only because there was no competitive Republican primary.
New Hampshire allows undeclared voters to vote in either party primary and since the Democrats were essentially the only game in town they drew a larger share of undeclared voters than they otherwise would have.
This poor showing came on the heels of turnout being flat in Iowa
Sanders is a movement candidate.
But now Democrats are staring into the face of a reality that shows their party frontrunner is an ideological candidate who is not growing the party base of support to compensate for the fact that he turns off swing voters.