The Wisconsin Democratic primary is set for Tuesday and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is slated to come out on top in the badger state — however, Hillary Clinton’s campaign isn't worried.
Clinton’s camp claims that even if Sanders wins Wisconsin, he won’t be able to close the gap in pledged delegates to surpass the former secretary of state.
“I don’t think he can narrow the gap materially in pledged delegates in Wisconsin," Clinton chief pollster and strategist Joel Benenson told MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" on Monday.
Benenson went on to suggest that the reason for Sanders’ predicted popularity in Wisconsin is because it is “much less diverse than most of the states we compete in in Democratic primaries.”
"It’s got a lower population of African-Americans, a very small population of Latinos. We’ve done very well in building a diverse coalition, which is why we’ve won far more primary elections than Sen. Sanders has and compiled a bigger net delegate lead in those primaries by a lot, than he has," Benenson said. "The key here in Wisconsin is to, you know, compete hard, try to win this state. But in either way this state comes out, I think it’s close enough there isn’t going to be a big shift in the 230 or plus pledged delegate advantage that Hillary Clinton has right now.”
According to Politico, Wisconsin allocates its 86 pledged delegates proportionally. As the moment of truth draws near, Clinton’s campaign is committed to insisting that a Sanders win won’t do much for him overall.
Fox Business Network Poll — which is the largest of all with a sample size of 860 voters — calls the results at 48 percent for Sanders and 43 percent for Hillary, according to the Inquisitr.
One legitimate advantage for Sanders is that the Wisconsin primary is open to Independents, the party he originally identified with prior to his presidential run.
Benenson’s assessment regarding the future of Sanders’ campaign may turn out to be accurate, but the fact that Sanders still has a fighting chance at this stage in the game says a lot about the power of voters and their contempt for corruption.
Clinton is tied up in too many lies and too much scandal to fully lockdown the trust of liberal voters which is why Sanders still has a place in this race.
Newsweek summed it up perfectly after Sanders’ big win in Michigan:
“Sanders’ Michigan win was an important one because everyone can now point to it as evidence that the pundits and the polls are lying to you. If he wins in Wisconsin, that lends credence to the idea that Michigan was no fluke, and that [Bernie] belongs in the race.”
Team Clinton may be putting up a tough front now but if Sanders keeps pulling off these upsets and cutting into her delegate lead, they may start to “feel the bern,” so to speak.
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