Washington – Senator Bernie Sanders promised to build a coalition broad enough to provoke nothing less than a political revolution. Elections across the country during Super Tuesday showed that it is falling short.
Despite his initial success in the presidential primaries of the Democratic Party, including his victory in California on Tuesday, Sanders struggles to expand his support beyond his constituency base. AP Polls VoteCast showed that he has failed to win the vote of African Americans, women, suburban residents, and elderly voters with college studies in numbers that he needs to secure his nomination.
And with everything and their plans to attract new Democrats to the polls, there was little evidence on Tuesday that their movement is behind the increase in participation.RELATED
“It’s not easy,” Sanders said Wednesday, acknowledging that he has not attracted enough voters from his main coalition – young, Latino and liberal – to the polls. “What we are trying to do is unprecedented. We talk about a political revolution.”
The defeat of Sanders in Texas, a diverse and fast-growing state in which he hoped to win, demonstrated some of his greatest challenges. The 78-year-old senator obtained about two-thirds of the votes of people under 30 years of age there and beat former vice president Joe Biden with the electorate less than 45 years in total, according to AP VoteCast. But that doesn’t take you that far because most voters are 45 or older.
Sanders also beat Biden among Texas Latinos, with almost a third of the votes, but the former vice president maintained his even greater advantage with African Americans and matched Sanders among whites. Meanwhile, Sanders showed no particular strength in the suburbs of the state and saw Biden overcome it in the women’s vote.
The age gap could be a problem in the next elementary schools, which increasingly seem more like triumphs essential for Sanders. You need to attract older voters, while bringing your young supporters to levels even higher than before.
“Several of the large states in the approaching north central region – Missouri, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio – tend to be states with a larger electorate,” said William Frey, demographer and principal investigator at the Brookings Institution. “The problem with Bernie’s coalition is that they are of inconstant participation.”