Going into Super Tuesday, there were four states Bernie Sanders really needed to win: Oklahoma, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Colorado. I don’t include Vermont because there was never any doubt he was going to run away with that victory.
But putting aside Vermont, those four were demographically very favorable for Bernie Sanders. That is, they have smaller minority populations and most of the liberal voters are white. Unlike Georgia, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas and Virginia where Sanders got absolutely crushed by Hillary Clinton.
And Sanders mostly delivered. He won Oklahoma earlier in the evening and has now won both Colorado and Minnesota – two states his campaign seemingly wanted to win more than any of the others this evening.
So, he had four states he targeted and will walk away winning three, which is something he desperately needed. If his campaign had been swept in every state but Vermont, there wasn’t going to be any way to spin that as anything but a demoralizing string of defeats. So, winning three of the four is not as good as they had hoped – but it’s still 75 percent of their realistic goal this evening.
Now that big question is: What’s next?
Well, now he has to hope he can find a way to appeal to minority voters going forward. Because he can’t win the nomination by only winning states with small minority populations, dominated by “white liberals.” It will certainly be interesting to see their strategy in the coming days, especially ahead of March 15th when Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio all hold their primaries.
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