Bernie Sanders is gaining on Hillary Clinton

02 April 2016 1:44 pm

Bernie Sanders is slowly gaining on Hillary Clinton in her home territory of New York ahead of the primary on April 19. Clinton now leads Sanders by 12 points in New York's Democratic primary, according to a Quinnipiac Poll but closer analysis reveals some interesting trends. Sanders leads 57 - 43 percent among self-described "very liberal" Democrats, while Clinton leads among "somewhat liberal" and "moderate to liberal" Democrats. Sanders also leads 63 - 36 percent among voters 18 to 44 years old, while Clinton takes older voters.

Sanders is campaigning furiously in New York and has challenged Hillary Clinton to a debate “It's hard for me to imagine that somebody who was United State senator for eight years here would not be willing to debate issues of importance to New Yorkers and issues of importance to the United States of America,” Sanders said.

It’s not surprising that Sanders is campaigning so aggressively. He is trailing Clinton by a significant number of delegates. He can’t afford to cede any more states, and New York state’s 247 delegates (allocated by congressional district) represents one of the biggest hauls remaining. Sanders knows that with his wins in Washington state, Alaska, and Hawaii last weekend New York’s 247 delegates up for grabs, will deliver him a straight path to the White House.

Launching into his familiar campaign speech on economic inequality and promising to invest in education, healthcare, and infrastructure in the South Bronx and elsewhere across the country, he told a rally in the heavily Hispanic South Bronx area of New York City on Thursday night that if he wins New York, he'll win the presidency.

"If there is a large voter turnout, we will win," Sanders told the cheering crowd. "And if we win here in New York, we are going to make it to the White House!"

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