By Jon Franklin, of the Young Democrats of West-Oak High School
Over the past few weeks, the Democratic Party—along with the rest of the country—has been eagerly watching as primaries continue to take place across the nation, all leading up towards its respective convention in July. The two frontrunners of the party, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, have both been rallying hard in order to capture decisive states of the nomination process. The Clinton campaign has proven more successful in this effort, earning her (as of mid-March) 1,606 total delegates to Sanders’s 851. She has won large states like Iowa and South Carolina, has a former president to aid her in the campaign, and even appears to have strong support from the DNC—which all begs the question: Why is Sanders even still running?
On the other side, Republican candidates have been suspending campaigns left and right after losses like those Sanders faced in Iowa. Prominent politicians like Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, and Rand Paul have all given up on their quest for the White House because of their frontrunner’s strong lead, so is Sen. Sanders just stubborn? Or is there hope for him yet?
History would point to the latter. Perhaps the most controversial and enduring loss of Clinton’s career was that of the 2008 election, in which she lost to now-President Barack Obama. Like Sanders, Obama had been warring Clinton consistently over every state, before snagging enough delegates to surpass her.
It would not be a stretch to assume that Clinton is feeling a sense of déjà vu. But what does this say for the Sanders campaign? Does he have what it takes to surpass his opponent, to steal the nomination? The answer is tricky, for lack of a better word. Of the next eight states to host primaries—Arizona, Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming—Sanders is slated to win seven. Though these wins may not be big enough for his campaign to recover fully from the drudgery of the past two Super Tuesdays, they would definitely serve to boost camp morale, and could lead to further victory.