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Saturday, February 13, 2016

How to Win elections from now on? Take the high road like Senator Sanders

The Democratic Party is in a state of Flux.  Candidates Clinton and Sanders are running two very competitive campaigns right now for the party's nomination at the Democratic Convention in July, and the race couldn't be tighter.  However, as Sanders keeps on picking up fresh support in the next two states to vote - South Carolina and Nevada - an increasingly likely scenario emerges: that the Vermont Independent will ultimately prevail over the establishment favorite.

What has propelled this massive drift to the Left?  Largely, it has been millennial voters.  Not only did millennials overwhelmingly favor Sanders over Clinton recently in Iowa and in New Hampshire, but they are showing up as volunteers all over the Sanders campaign.  They are also giving online to the Sanders campaign, and for the first time in history, a grassroots campaign built on individual donations is actually outspending a campaign bought and paid for with money from the oil and gas industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the private prison industry, and SuperPACs.  

But an even more interesting shift is taking place, and that is that a spate of Bernie-style Progressives are entering the race for seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate.   Just like Mr. Sanders himself, they are forswearing any corporate donations or endorsements and going straight to individual voters.  The approach is serving them well!  Their Facebook pages are being shared vociferously on all the pro-Bernie Sanders groups and gaining lots of likes from local voters.  Some of these likes are also translating into campaign cash: Tim Canova, the challenger to DNC chair and Florida representative Debbie Wasserman-Schulz, reports that he is seeing lots of low-dollar donations coming in to his campaign, and he's barely getting started.  It is likely that his campaign has appealed to progressives even beyond his base in south Florida due to the way millennials like and share information on candidates willing to align with Senator Bernie Sanders and his policies.

In a time when many writers are insisting that Bernie Sanders has already won over the soul of the Democratic Party, along with the overwhelming majority of its youngest voters, new candidates for Congress really ought to sit up and take notice.  An endorsement of the Sanders agenda and a refusal to participate in dirty, corporate politics as usual may very well be the way to finance campaigns and win elections from now on.