Feb 10, 2016
Is Bernie Sanders More Electable Than Hillary Clinton?
Over the past several months the rhetoric out of the Clinton camp has been, "Bernie Sanders is unelectable". My question to the Hillary camp would be, who is Bernie Sanders unelectable against? If he can make it past the primary, which is looking more and more possible, then who is Bernie Sanders unelectable against? As it stands now, it looks like it's either going to be Ted Cruz or Donald Trump taking the Republican Presidential nomination. There's never been a Republican Presidential Nominee that didn't win either the New Hampshire primary or Iowa caucus, so unless history is made this election season, Trump or Cruz will be the nomination for the Republican Party. Here are the most recent polls showing how Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton stand up against Ted Cruz and Donald Trump respectively: As we can see, Sanders has a 7.7% advantage over Trump while Clinton has only a 4.0% advantage. When it comes to Cruz, Sanders has a 1.5% advantage while Clinton is actually trailing by 1.0%. These are very early numbers but at the moment, these are the best indication for who is more electable. After the voting came to an end in New Hampshire, statistics showed Bernie leading Hillary in the 18 to 29 age demographic by 85% to 15%. Bernie also won all age groups from 18 to 64 year olds. The most shocking stat that was revealed is that Bernie gained the majority of the women's vote with a margin of 11%. (NBC NEWS ARTICLE) The Hillary campaign has been running on the premise that she has the women's vote and the minority vote locked down. If Bernie can somehow gain a higher percent of the woman's vote than he currently has or gain an advantage over Hillary in the minority vote, it would make Bernie the favorite to win the nomination. It's hard to tell how Bernie Sanders will do it in states like South Carolina or Nevada which are considered to be heavy minority states but, from what we've seen so far, Bernie's message is going beyond just the young voters. He speaks of a message to bring everyone together, not only young voters but also the minorities, women, the elderly, veterans, and the future generations to come. Over the next 11 days, Bernie Sanders will have to prove that he is a better choice for women and minority groups than Hillary if he wishes to be the candidate for the Democratic Party. After New Hampshire's numbers started rolling in last night, major news outlets reported to hear rumors of a Hillary shake up within her campaign. This seems to mirror what happened to the Hillary campaign during her 2008 election. On February 10th, 2008 she made several top-level personnel changes. As we all remember, in 2008, her campaign went downhill after the Iowa caucus and she was never able to overcome the massive swell of popularity President Obama gained after Super Tuesday. Are we seeing the same thing again? If Hillary believes so, we may see her change her stance on key issues. If she does, it may help her engratiate herself with the youth voters, but it would probably have the adverse affect on the mass majority given her reputation as a flip-flopper on major issues. If she changes her stance on single-payer healthcare, tuition-free college and university, stronger regulations on Wall Street, or any of the major reforms that Bernie is proposing, it would only seem to further damage her reputation. With the next caucus scheduled for February 20th in Nevada, we have plenty of time to see how things will play out. We would love to know what you guys think. Please leave a comment below or tweet us @TheSkinny365 and let us know how you feel. As we know, primary elections can be very hard to predict, if they weren't, Hillary Clinton would already be wearing the crown for the Democratic presidential nominee. And from all of us at The Skinny, we encourage everyone to get out and vote.