Bernie Sanders Wins Big In West Virginia
Vermont senator Bernie Sanders solidly beat Hillary Clinton in the West Virginia primary Tuesday, furthering the narrative that the former Secretary of State is not liked by voters in the Democrat Party.
Sanders beat Clinton 51.4-percent to 36-percent in the final vote; a remaining 12.6-percent chose “other” in the Democrat Party primary.
Clinton’s loss is particularly stunning because she won the state by 40-percent when running against Barack Obama in 2008.
At heart of the West Virginian vote against Clinton is her stance against its main industry, coal. The state has lost more than 40-percent of its coal mining jobs in the last four years alone due to the Obama administration’s move to so-called “green” energy.
The former Secretary of State only made matters worse for herself when she gleefully bragged in March that “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.”
— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 14, 2016
Clinton attempted to fix the issue during a CNN town hall last week by saying she “misspoke,” but the damage was already done.
Sanders gained at least 16 of the 29 delegates at stake in West Virginia, while Clinton picked up at least 11. Two delegates remain to be allocated, pending final vote tallies.
“West Virginia is a working class state, and like many other states in this country, including Oregon, working people are hurting,” Sanders told a massive crowd of supporters in Oregon after his win. “And what the people of West Virginia have said tonight, and what I believe the people of Oregon and Kentucky will say next week, is that we need an economy that works for all of us, not just the One Percent.”
Also on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton won the Democratic presidential primary in Nebraska, but the state allocated all 25 of its delegates to Sanders in a caucus held on March 5.
The Vermont senator took home 15 delegates from that caucus, while Clinton won 10.
Based on primaries and caucuses to date, Clinton has 1,716 delegates to Sanders’ 1,430. But when including super-delegates, who are basically party officials who can back any candidate regardless of the popular vote, Clinton has 2,238 delegates – or 94-percent of the 2,383 needed to win. Sanders has 1,468.
Despite her lead in the delegate race, Clinton continues to lose primaries and caucuses to Sanders by overwhelming margins – illustrating a divide between the desires of voters and the bosses who run the Democrat Party.
Sanders vowed Tuesday night that he would run his campaign to the very end, and remained steadfast in his conviction that if he should continue to win such huge majorities in the upcoming primaries, he could wrestle the nomination away from Clinton.