Sanders Wins In Wisconsin
Bernie Sanders has won the state of Wisconsin, not a surprise to political handicappers. This continues the winning streak the Sanders campaign has been on of late, shifting momentum back in his favor.
While Sanders can’t clinch the nomination with just pledged delegates, he told a crowd in Wyoming that he believes he will get the support of party leaders at the convention.
“I think a lot of these superdelegates are going to be saying which candidate has the momentum, which one brings out huge numbers,” he said.
Hillary Clinton congratulated her opponent on Twitter, having no public events this evening.
Congrats to @BernieSanders on winning Wisconsin. To all the voters and volunteers who poured your hearts into this campaign: Forward! -H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 6, 2016
The Hill reports:
Heading into Tuesday’s contest, polls showed Sanders ahead by a slim margin. And one of the state’s top pollsters, Charles Franklin, who runs the Marquette Law School poll, projected Sanders to win by 4 percentage points.The Badger State has an electorate seemingly designed for Sanders. It is heavily white and tends to favor the more liberal candidate in Democratic primaries.Tuesday night’s win will also help the Sanders campaign rally its supporters and continue its formidable small-dollar fundraising that yielded a record $44 million in March, significantly outraising Clinton.It was also important for Sanders to win in a primary — not a caucus — as he was developing a reputation for being a candidate who was better off appealing to narrower, more enthusiastic, caucus electorates.Democratic strategists interviewed by The Hill before the primary said Sanders needed to win by a significant margin in Wisconsin to prove that he is still a viable chance to win the nomination.“Winning anything close from here on in is not a win for him,” Democratic strategist Joe Trippi said of Sanders on the eve of the Wisconsin primary.