WASHINGTON (AP) – Senator Bernie Sanders promised to build a coalition broad enough to provoke nothing less than a political revolution. Elections across the country during the 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 it has failed to win the vote of African Americans, women, suburban residents, and elderly voters with university studies in sufficient numbers to secure their 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 try 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, highlighted 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 Biden beat him in the female 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, and mobilize your young supporters at even higher levels than before.
“Several of the large states in the north central region whose primary approaches are _Missouri, Michigan, Illinois and Ohio_ tend to be states with an older electorate,” said William Frey, demographer and researcher at the Brookings Institution. “The problem with the Bernie coalition is that they are of uncertain participation.”
AP VoteCast is a survey of the US electorate by NORC and the University of Chicago for The Associated Press and Fox News. The surveys were carried out for seven days, concluding while the polls closed.