I was out last night in my state of Colorado to vote in a caucus for the first time in my life. I wasn’t totally sure about how I was supposed to cast my vote to make sure I was supporting Bernie. Luckily, a few helpful individuals helped Sam and I through the process, and although our voices were small in the scope of the state, Colorado still managed to lay down a decisive win for Bernie Sanders.
But look to any election coverage today after Super Tuesday, some may think that the odds for Bernie are bleak. Hilary cleaned up in the South, while Bernie took the the states that he was projected to win. Hilary still has a lead, so is all hope lost for Bernie?
Of course not.
Don’t believe what the media tells you, we as progressives and liberals know to not trust whatever CNN, MSNBC, and especially FOX News have to say about the race. Don’t pay any mind to the websites that claim Hilary just walked away with the nomination, she didn’t. The articles and papers that will tell Bernie to pack it in, he wasn’t electable in the first place, we all have the wrong idea.
Let’s get real for a second and understand exactly what happened last night. See, Bernie was already projected to lose the states that Hilary took in the South. It would have been nice to see an upset, but in terms of what we thought would happen, it’s no big surprise. When people chalk it up to how electable he is, consider what it means for a Democrat to win the Primaries and Caucuses in the South. How relevant is it?
As it turns out, not as much as you think. When we peer forward into the General Election, no one expects a Democrat to win states in the South anyway. Although Hilary won there over Bernie, either Trump or Cruz are projected to win those states during the General, so it doesn’t really say much if Hilary took those states.
For those who are feeling the Bern start to smolder, I got a new spark of hope. The states we wanted Bernie to take were the swing states; Massachusetts, Colorado, and Minnesota. Hilary managed to take Massachusetts, but the win wasn’t particularly large. Bernie still managed to take the other two states, which is what we needed to keep his campaign pushing forward.
If you’re like me, you really had no idea what you were voting on when it came to Super Tuesday. In a rough summation, going out meant taking a Preferential vote on who the majority of people in your district wanted to be President. Then, with some math, you divide up how many delegates your district has, elect people to those positions, and send them on to the County level. From there they go to state to pick more delegates, and from there they go to the Democratic National Convention to cast their vote for who people want to run for President for their party. Makes sense in theory, but it’s pretty convoluted. Delegates can change their minds about who they plan to vote for, which can be either good or bad depending.
Out of the states that Bernie supporters hoped he would win, he managed to send a majority of delegates from two of those states, essentially “winning” them. When looking at the graph of delegates between the two candidates, it seems like Hilary has a commanding lead. But we have only begun to fight, fellow revolutionaries.
The battle is over, but the war goes on.
There’s still a TON of delegates that can be taken for either side, there is plenty of time to make up the difference. And what’s more, the states that will be casting their votes in the coming weeks and months are going to be the states most important for the Democratic vote in the General Election. Only then will we begin to see the true effect Bernie is having on the party and the country as a whole. We can already begin to see the effects right now. While Trump has managed to pull crowds to the polls, Bernie is breaking his own records of bringing people out and getting them involved in the democratic process. Young and old alike are making their voices heard with the understanding that their vote really does matter, and the grassroots movement for Bernie is just now beginning to ignite.
No, Hilary hasn’t won her place as the nominee.
No, Hilary doesn’t have enough delegates on her side to storm the Convention.
It’s like the tortoise and the hare. Slow and steady wins the race. Bernie’s national poll numbers continue to climb and catch with Hilary in places he was losing by huge numbers only some months ago. Clinton, on the other hand, is only losing ground in all of the states she used to poll well in.
The race isn’t over, not by a long shot. We’re only entering the second lap.