Senator Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent and 2016 Democratic primary runner-up, announced his candidacy for President yesterday. A Democratic Socialist who supports “Medicare for all,” a $15 minimum wage and tuition-free public colleges, is at it again.
In the June 2016 New Jersey Primary Election he received 328,058 votes with Bergen, Essex, and Middlesex Counties providing the highest numbers. Hillary Clinton won with 566,247 votes with the largest numbers from Essex, Hudson and Middlesex.
This time Sanders faces a more crowded and diverse field. He will be contending with up to possibly 20 or more candidates. He starts his campaign with a a massive lead among low-dollar donors. The NY Times points that Sanders will need to improve his support from black voters and quell the unease about his campaign’s treatment of women.
The Real Clear Politics 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination Average of Recent Polls as of 02/19/2019 places Joe Biden, who has not yet announced his candidacy, in 1st place with 27.3 points. Sanders is 2nd with 17.0 points, Kamala Harris is 3rd (10.8), Elizabeth Warren is 4th (7.5), Beto O’Rorke is 5th (6.8), and our New Jersey candidate Cory Booker is 6th (5.0).
In a Tuesday early morning e-mail Sanders said, “Three years ago, during our 2016 campaign, when we brought forth our progressive agenda we were told that our ideas were ‘radical’ and ‘extreme.’ Well, three years have come and gone. And, as result of millions of Americans standing up and fighting back, all of these policies and more are now supported by a majority of Americans.” He cited health care, climate change, student debt, the “demonization” of undocumented immigrants, income inequality, gun violence and the myriad problems of America’s needy as propelling him into his second presidential contest.
It would seem like a long road from here to Election Day. However,