The Democrats had three states on the line Tuesday night and Bernie Sanders came up winning two of them. Hillary Clinton took Arizona which, for some reason, is considered the big prize of the night. However, there’s no denying that with Sanders continuing to win, and in some cases decisively, he still has a fighting chance to push through to the convention.

Report from Reuters:

On the Democratic side, favorite Hillary Clinton routed challenger Bernie Sanders in Arizona to stretch her advantage in the race for her party’s presidential nomination.

Sanders, however, won contests in Utah and Idaho to bolster his case that he still has a chance despite Clinton’s big lead.

The nominating battles in Arizona and Utah, plus the Democratic contest in Idaho, were overshadowed by attacks in Brussels in which at least 30 people were killed and raised security concerns among U.S. voters.

True, Hillary did “rout” Sanders in Arizona, but Sanders more strongly routed Clinton in both Utah and Idaho, and it can’t be ignored. Sure, they are smaller states and were both “caucuses” instead of primaries, but Sanders should be given credit here.

Sanders took almost 80% of the vote in the states he won (see Utah, Idaho), compared to Clinton’s 58% in Arizona. The results of those states came in so late last night that hardly anyone has had a chance to digest the fallout. Sanders was polling well in both, so it’s not a total shock, but he wasn’t polling anywhere near an 80% number.

The truth is that Hillary Clinton still has the delegate math on her side. She can lose states like Utah and Idaho, but still pickup steam since all the Democratic contests award delegates proportionally. Furthermore, she’s still winning the “right” states like Arizona. Her delegate lead is such that unless Sanders can start winning literally every state with an 80% victory, he won’t be able to catch up.

Bernie is likely set for a good stretch of wins, especially considering the three Democratic caucuses happening on Saturday, March 26th, in Alaska, Hawaii, and the state of Washington. All three may be inclined to go for Sanders. Though Hillary will still take home her share of delegates as well.

9 COMMENTS

  1. I’m a bit wrapped up in the Sanders for President bubble, so all I’ve been hearing about is the possible election fraud in Arizona. I see none of this in the mainstream media, though.

    Have you heard anything substantial (i.e. more than just sour grapes) about this issue? Thanks.

    • What I know about Arizona is that Maricopa County screwed up royally. They cut the number of polling places down to something around 60 from what typically would be over 100. They did this because they thought that many voters rely on “early voting” so there would be fewer showing up on March 22nd to vote. Of course, they were totally overwhelmed in this year of record turnout.

      Beyond that, I’ve not seen anything concrete.

      What I can say is that they called the race for Trump and Clinton while there were still voters waiting in line to vote. That seems unethical since that announcement might have cause several people to exit the line thinking that their vote doesn’t matter.

      The bottom line is that it was a mess and handled poorly. Please share anything concrete if you find it.

      • They didn’t “screw up”.

        Our unrepentant, ridiculously influential, Trump-supporting, xenophobic, criminal Sheriff Joe Arpaio probably pulled some strings.

        I early-voted the first week of March and I have serious doubts that it was actually counted.

    • I haven’t heard of any substantial evidence that they intentionally committed voter fraud, but because of the record turnout they were completely unprepared and their systems were incorrect. I’ve heard a lot of registered voters were programmed under the wrong party and it complicated things. Personally, to make it fair and to be sure they recieved everyone’s vote, I think they should reschedule the primary and make sure they’re actually prepared for it. This is an important election after all, and we should take it more seriously.

  2. How brain-dead and brainwash Dems are to vote for someone (Hillary) under FBI and IG investigation…?!

    If it were a republican investigated in such manner, it’d be all over for him/her by now!

    Disgusting !!!

  3. It’s not just the lack of polling places and ballots. Lines were up to 5 hours long, and some people were STILL turned away. People had their parties changed on the voter registration servers. Clinton was announced as the winner with some ridiculously small vote counted somewhere around 20%. The long-line towns and counties just so happen to be leaning Bernie. These things are not related. You do not associate both the lack of ballots and party switches. They are isolated incidents and not relevant to each other. The fact that ALL of these things happened completely independent from one another… that can’t be a coincidence. The DNC was at work here again making sure Hillary got the nomination. And she was announced the winner despite the large number of complaints filed to the Secretary of State before voting was even over. The fact that they aren’t doing this over, and recounting votes… it’s quite obvious that this was sabotage. If the reverse happened, and Bernie was unfairly coined the winner, a recount would be instated quicker than you can say “election fraud.”

  4. And by the way, this article isn’t doing Bernie any favors or justice by not even mentioning any of these problems in her “win,” which should at least have quotes or an asterisk on it.

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