Socialist Sanders defeats Clinton in New Hampshire

Source:  TeleSUR
February 9 2016

Exit polls showed that Sanders secured more than 85 percent of the vote among young people in the state compared to 14 percent for Clinton.

bernie saunders 5.jpgDemocratic candidate Bernie Sanders (photo) and Republican candidate Donald Trump have won the New Hampshire primary, according to the Associated Press and NBC news. Early exit polls had suggested that Sanders and Trump could secure victories with big margins.

According to the Washington Post, U.S. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton concedes defeat as Sanders claimed victory while urging people to continue voting.

Exit polls showed that Sanders secured more than 85 percent of the vote among young people in the state compared to 14 percent for Clinton.

Sanders popular among women

Among young women, 82 percent of women aged 18-29 voted for Sanders which proves that the leftist candidate is popular among women despite efforts by the Clinton campaign to claim that category.

Meanwhile, Think Progress website reported that several students were turned back at voting stations because they could not provide an ID or a proof of residence.

Voting rights organizers say this was part of the state’s newly implemented voter ID law which created confusion, long lines, and cases of voter suppression — especially impacting New Hampshire’s younger voters.

Meanwhile, exit polls also showed that 66 percent of Republican voters back a “ban on Muslims from entering the U.S..”

OPINION: Why Sanders and Trump Are a Threat to the US Establishment

This notion was suggested and supported by real estate billionaire Trump, who months ago proposed a temporary ban on foreign Muslims entering the country until “we figure out what the hell is going on.”

Every other candidate in the Republican primary disagreed with the proposal.

2 thoughts on “Socialist Sanders defeats Clinton in New Hampshire

  1. Reblogged this on Dear Kitty. Some blog and commented:

    This v9 February 2016 video from the USA is called After close loss in Iowa, Bernie Sanders handily wins New Hampshire.

    According to 267 out of 300 precincts reporting in the Democratic party primary in New Hampshire, candidate Bernie Sanders had 60% of the vote, to Hillary Clinton 38,4%. Strangely, the Huffington Post predicted Sanders would get 13 delegates, Clinton 15.

    An error in the report, or a Democratic party establishment trick?

    Donald Trump was at 35,1% in the Republican party primary, meaning 10 delegates. Kasich 3 delegates, Ted Cruz en Jeb Bush both 2. Marco Rubio, favourite of some pundits, and all others 0 delegates.

  2. So far so good is perhaps a cautious way to embrace Senator Sanders’ big victory against Ms. Establishment also known as Ms. Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary last night.

    Prior to his massive victory in NH last night, Senator Sanders also had an impressive showing in Iowa in the previous week.

    There is a long way to go in the democratic primary and though Sanders’ showing thus far is encouraging to millions of Americans of all colors, races, sexual orientation, ethnicities, gender and educational levels who seek really progressive changes in all spheres of American life, the fact is that Sanders could still lose to Ms. Establishment.

    The latter is still a distinct possibility largely and unfortunately because too many black and Hispanic people at all levels of American society particularly the intellectuals in these groups believe in the former Secretary of State almost as the salvation to the plight of these two groups that disproportionately suffer the hell of American capitalism.

    Paradoxically, it is the African-American and Hispanic groups who suffered and still suffer the most as a result of President Bill Clinton’s so-called tough on crime and war on the poor policies against welfare programs that were adopted presumably to reassure Wall Street and his wealthy political donors in the American ruling class. Ms. Clinton was in support of her husband’s policies which significantly exploded the already high incarceration of disproportionately more blacks and Latinos as well as arguably pushed millions more into poverty after he decimated the welfare programs that so many of them depended on to support themselves and their families.

    Hopefully, Bernie Sanders has a strategy to penetrate Ms. Clinton’s strategy to win over huge sections of the black and Latino votes to weaken and defeat the Clinton machinery that seems to take the votes of these groups for granted for too long now.

    Senator Sanders apparently did very well in both the Iowa and NH democratic primaries among women particularly young women ages 17-29. Some estimates say that he won about 82 percent of votes for young women in Iowa and 85 percent in NH compared to the former Secretary of State’s 17 percent and 14 percent respectively in those states.

    The problem is that both Iowa and NH are predominantly white states and as such those results while helpful to Sanders’ campaign they are not too helpful to understand his support among the racial groups particularly those already identified. Indeed, Sanders’ victory in NH was 60 percent of the votes to Clinton’s 38 percent. Unfortunately, Sanders’ exemplary performance in these states and more so in NH does virtually nothing to forecast his likely performance in the racially and ethnically diverse states like South Carolina, Nevada and others.

    However, one of the pluses for Sanders is that he is now on a roll coming out of victories in Iowa and particularly NH. Another plus is that now, the corporate media will probably have no choice but to provide more coverage for his campaign. The latter even more than the former will provide him with a platform to speak to the burning issues like police killings of black and Hispanic people, unemployment, and a multitude of other socio-economic racial disparities.

    Needless to say, Sanders and his campaign will have to do a lot more than speaking to the issues of import to these racial groups. Perhaps more importantly, they will have to use all the creative and networking strategies with the leaders in these groups and their organizations. Sanders and his campaign will also have to learn and very quickly, the deep and major problems of these groups including Black Lives Matter in a way that authenticate him as someone who is trustworthy and sincere and not as a fake.

    Undoubtedly, there will be a lot of ups and downs and zigs and zags in the political economy of the US and therefore the campaigns. However, one thing is for sure and it is that the US society is changing and increasing numbers of Americans are as mad as hell about the rigged political economy based on a corrupt campaign finance system where Wall Street and the billionaire class buys politicians and elections and an economy that is skewed by design to enrich the few and impoverish the majority. In this context, Sanders’ campaign is far more in touch with the pulse of the American people and their desires to radically change the political economy of the US to improve the lot of most Americans unlike the Clinton campaign that apparently has not fully grasp the sea change going on in the middle and the bottom of the society. One manifestation of the latter difference between the two candidates is their political ideologies which informs their position of the issues national and international. Sanders is a declared democratic socialist and Hillary Clinton is a hawkish pro-military, pro-Zionist and pro-capitalist liberal. Secondly, Sanders’ decision to reject donations from Wall Street and corporate America as opposed to Clinton’s business as usual open and shameless acceptance of millions of dollars from Wall Street, the defense industry and the rest of corporate America. Indeed, her manifest difficulty to explain why Goldman Sachs paid her $675,000 for a couple speeches and how she and her husband allegedly made an estimated $115 million of personal wealth from Wall Street.

    Yet another important difference between Sanders and Hillary Clinton is that the establishment personalities such as governors, majors, congressional representatives and newspapers like the New York Times firmly back Hillary Clinton, Ms. Establishment while they reject Senator Sanders’ campaign. Isn’t it clear that like Hillary Clinton, the political establishment and economic elites that support her against the democratic socialist candidate are out of touch with the plight of working and poor Americans?

    Indeed, even in Sanders’ state of Vermont, the establishment personalities such as the current Governor, a sitting Senator Leahy and a previous Governor have endorsed Ms. Establishment.

    Finally, another major difference between Senator Bernie Sanders and the former Secretary of State, Ms. Clinton that the Senator is perceived by millions of Americans as being authentic, passionate and honest about the issues he has been advocating such as equality, fairness, universal health care and others while Ms. Clinton is perceived by large numbers of Americans as being phony, dishonest and manipulative who will do and say anything to get elected as president of the US.

    Time will tell how the two campaigns will evolve and whether the democratic socialist Senator will continue to make progress against Ms.Clinton, a cheering liberal of American capitalism, domestically and internationally.

    “Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act” Albert Einstein

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