Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton vie for many delegate votes. The Meet Bernie Sanders website, states Sanders is a candidate running for the Democratic nominee for president of the United States of America. In 1990, the politician was elected as the sole state representative for Vermont. In 2006, he was elected as a state senator after 16 years of service in the House of Representatives. The senator was re-elected to the Senate in 2012, for his second term and won 71 percent of the vote in Vermont.
Sanders was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended James Madison High School before attending Brooklyn College and then the University of Chicago. Sanders graduated from the University of Chicago, moved to Burlington, Vermont, and worked as a carpenter and documentary filmmaker before being elected as mayor of the same city in 1981. He won the election by 10 votes. Sanders currently lives in Burlington with his wife Jane, and he also has four children and seven grandchildren.
CNN reported the statesman was defeated by his competitor, Clinton, by 15 points in New York, on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. However, Sanders drew a crowd of 6,000 at Pennsylvania State University as he discussed his opponent’s endeavors with Wall Street contributions, trade, and paid speeches.
The senator’s campaign is claiming the Clinton campaign is violating campaign finance rules by raising money in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention. Clinton has 1941 delegates while Sanders has 1240.
In the New York, state primary, Clinton won 58 percent of the popular vote. However, 46 percent of the state’s population stated that they felt Clinton was more unfair; over 34 percent said they felt the same way about the statesman. Also, 66 percent of New York Democrats stated in exit polls, the contest is giving the party energy.
The nominee will also need over 700 superdelegates to win the election. These delegates are current or former elected officials who are free to vote as they wish in the Democratic National Convention. The nomination bid between Sanders and Clinton will depend on winning these votes.
The Washington Post also reported that Clinton defeated Sanders with 58 over 42 percent of the votes in the New York primary. Exit polls indicate that if the former Secretary of State wins as heavily as they expect Tuesday in Maryland, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, Sanders will need an immense amount of delegates to keep up the pace with his opponent, if Clinton wins the majority of super delegates that are unpledged to gain the nomination.
Exit polls show the statesman holding a strong lead over Clinton among young voters. Polls of up and coming states also show Sanders in a favorable lead.
The statesman stated, “political realism” is his capability to define what living in a much more fair and just society means. Also, his donors are mostly donating small sums of money and he is inquiring about the large donations given to Clinton from larger benefactors. His opponent declared that the people’s voices across the nation should be listened to, during her speech in New York, after her victory.
Clinton won 31 pledged delegates and now has a lead of 1,663 to 1,367. She also won 520 super delegates. Clinton needs 2,383 delegates to win.
Clinton won the Connecticut primary with 51.8 percent of the votes. However, amongst younger voters from ages 17-34 the statesman was the preferred candidate. The candidates are competing to win the remaining delegates California, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oregon, Montana, as Sanders and Clinton vie for as many delegate votes.
By John A. Federico
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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