I expected this to happen, and it did in terms of Bernie Sanders getting a big win in the New Hampshire primary.
With 89% of the ballots counted, Sanders has 60,0% of the vote to Clinton’s 38.4% and the withdrawn Martin O’Malley’s 0.2%. Sanders also made some history tonight by being the first Jewish candidate to win a presidential election primary contest and picked up 13 delegates to 9 for Clinton.
Since Bernie people like to try to make comparisons to 2008, remember the second place finisher in the New Hampshire Democratic side went on to win the nomination.
But Sanders realizes that this 2016 contest is not even close to being over, and the race now moves from two states with overwhelmingly white populations in Iowa and New Hampshire and favorable turf for him to more diverse primary states in Nevada (26% Latinx population) and South Carolina (27% African-American population) who so far are not ‘Feeling The Bern’ like white millennials are.
And Black voters, who are the base of the party, aren’t Feeling the Bern’ for many reasons, including the major one that he called for a primary challenge of President Obama back in 2012.
These next two contests on February 20 in Nevada and February 27 in South Carolina are must wins for Bernie to prove that he actually can get non-white Democratic support with the March 1 Super Tuesday contests looming.
We’ll see how those contests play out over the rest of this month.