Is it time for Hillary Clinton to get out of Bernie Sander’s way for the Democratic nomination? After the past two weeks the possibility of Bernie Sanders being the Democratic nominee is growing from a slim opportunity to a popular opinion.
The two candidates are now within 200 delegates of each other and Bernie has been closing the gap. The Vermont senator has won a majority of delegates in five of the past six states and seems to be riding this wave of momentum forward towards future elections.
The next primary election is for the state of Wisconsin on April 5. Over the past nine months, Clinton’s poll numbers in Wisconsin have dropped from 60 percent to 49 percent. Meanwhile, Sander’s numbers have risen widely, from under five percent to a whopping 43 percent.
Emerson College and Marquette Law School polls have given Clinton an average edge of 2 points in the state. Some polls even have Bernie with the advantage by a few points.
Now you may ask, why should Clinton drop out if she’s leading in upcoming states? Well there are a couple of reasons why.
1. Sanders political agenda aligns with the largest growing group of voters in America.
Sanders is currently running as a democratic socialist, which would have been political suicide if this was 50 years ago, but it’s not. Today, his position is incredibly popular among the youth of America, who are angrily signing up to vote and support Sanders. Coined the Shafted Generation by Robert Kuttner in a Huffington Post article, this generation is upset with issues such as high privatized health care costs and crippling collegiate debt that is delaying young adults abilities to purchase homes and start families. Sanders socialized plan is an answer to these concerns.
2. Clinton’s possible criminalization could be a time bomb for the Democrats.
Beyond the fact that Hillary Clinton’s involvement in the email scandals is currently weighing down her campaign, her indictment could possibly create huge amounts of damage for the Democratic Party if she is nominated. The damage that could come from her could tarnish the image of the party, let alone the damage that it could do her efforts of earning the independent vote in November. Regardless of the opinions of the super delegates in the primary election, her campaign will be continually hindered by Republicans and she isn’t a wise choice for a nominee.
3. Sanders’ support from minority groups is growing, while Clinton’s is shrinking
One of biggest arguments in favor of Clinton is that she holds a larger portion of the minority vote, which is true. The larger spectrum, however, shows that Clinton’s advantage here is disappearing. An article from the Washington Post reported that the non-white voters of America have tripled their support for Sanders while Clinton’s numbers have fallen more than 10 percent. These changes are tied to the continual stream of evidence showing Sanders historic support for racial equality movements, while Clinton is facing backlash for her support of the 1994 Crime Bill that was passed during her husband’s presidency.
During this primary cycle there needs to be a focus on the longevity of candidates and Hillary Clinton has too many issues and declining support to be seen as a viable long term candidate for the Democratic party.