Momentum: Sanders Sweeps with Huge Wins in Hawaii, Washington and Alaska

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“I think it is hard for anybody to deny that our campaign has the momentum,” Sanders told supporters.

Bernie Sanders won all three caucuses held Saturday in the states of Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, beating Hillary Clinton by 40 or more points in each contest.

Sanders picked up 117 delegates from his wins in Washington and Alaska. He also picked up 17 delegates in Hawaii, where he won by his smallest margin of the night: 39.8 points.

Results were better than expected for the social democrat.

“We knew from day one that we were going to have a hard time in the conservative South, but we knew things were going to improve the more we went West,” Sanders said at a rally in Madison, Wisconsin.

“We’ve been told for a long time that young people were apathetic, well this is not what we are seeing, we are seeing that the young people want to make the U.S. a better country,” said Sanders. “They want an economy that works for all of us, not just wealthy campaign contributors.”

He went on to thank his supporters and commented, “We have over US$6 million in campaign contributions and our average contribution is US$27.”

Washington was by far the biggest win of the sweep, with 101 delegates at stake.

The victories give Sanders momentum heading into a crucial test with major primaries next month in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. Bloomberg Politics released a national poll that found Sanders is the first choice of 49 percent of those who have voted or plan to vote in this year’s Democratic contests, while Hillary Clinton is preferred by 48 percent.

A self-described socialist, Sanders has managed to amplify the voices of millions shafted by a rigged economy and lifted expectations, especially among youth.

Unlike his rival Clinton, he has shown an open opposition to neoliberal policies and has pushed the Democratic party debate to the left.

Via TeleSur e

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  1. Hillary Clinton is cutting left just long enough to push Senator Sanders out of the race. She and her husband created the business environment which incubated the 2008 “too big to fail” crash. The bailout then was the largest single transfer of public money to private wealth (taxpayers paid for banks bad investments and decisions). We’re still not out of the woods (the situation is even worse: as banks weren’t allowed to fail and went straight back to their bad habits of awarding themselves bonuses in the good times while socialising risk in bad times).

    The funniest thing I’ve heard this weekend covered the $353,000 plate George Clooney Clinton benefit dinner.

    One might think George would have some conflicts with Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, given his desire to “end war in Africa”.

    I had a much higher opinion of both George and Amal Clooney before this anointing the feet of Baal stunt. It’s hard to believe Amal Clooney can aid and abbet the Secretary of State responsible for the persecution of her client Julian Assange.

    If Bernie Sanders can win the Democratic nomination, it will do more to restore faith in the American government both at home and abroad than any election since John F. Kennedy. Hillary Clinton is a war hawk intent on absolute hegemony who would do anything for power. She’s already cheated her way through at least four or five of these primaries (dodgy marginal win in Iowa, as a loss would have derailed her campaign completely, phoney-baloney coin tosses, complicity in vote blocking in Arizona).

    This election is desperately important. Hillary Clinton is likely to bring World War III down on all of our heads. If she steals the Democratic primary from Senator Sanders, shockingly the world’s last chance is Donald Trump. While Donald Trump is a silly vain man, at least he’ll keep us out of World War III. With core motivations like making money and making love to beautiful women, Trump has no reason to start a world war.

    The man doesn’t even drink (and not because he’s an ex-alky like G.W. Bush: he’s always had “more interesting things to do”). Hard drinking Hillary Clinton is prone to judgement lapses when hitting the sauce.

  2. alec. Sanders a man of peace? Have you checked his Russia-Ukraine policy? Sending heavy US weapons to Ukraine? Making Ukraine a NATO member. Demanding the return of the Crimea to Russia. Brrrrr.

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