As Saturday approaches, Bernie Sanders can expect to catch up to Hillary

By Thom Fain/Briefing

With Super Tuesday behind us and Hillary Clinton already looking ahead to the general election, Bernie Sanders and his supporters are saying: “Not so fast.”
The popular freethinking senator from Vermont will go head-to-head with H-Rod in elections over the weekend where he expects to do well. Louisiana will hold the only primary, but Democrats will also caucus in Kansas and Nebraska and then again in Maine the following day.
The number of delegates available in the weekend’s elections are as follows:

  • Louisiana (51 delegates)
  • Kansas (33 delegates)
  • Nebraska (25 delegates)
  • Maine (30 delegates)

Sanders is holding a free-to-the public rockstar rally in Portland, Maine today where there’s no public polling. Susan Sarandon has been helping to spread his message of income inequality across the state, and music from members in the band Phish can be expected at today’s rally. As has been the case in other states, success for Sanders will be highly dependent upon a strong voter turnout on the backbone of the white progressives that favor his tax-and-spend policy proposals as a method to fix our economy.
“People keep educating me about [Sanders], but I don’t even know if those same people are registered,” says Sean Marlin, a 31-year-old AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in the state. “I see lots of bumper stickers for Bernie, and none for Hillary. They are a vocal bunch.”
In Louisiana, a Public Policy Polling result from Feb. 16 has Sanders at just 29% versus Clinton’s 60%. There has been no national spotlight on the state since Bobby Jindal dropped from the race on the Republican side, but they hold the most number of delegates (and capability for a momentum swing) in the voting taking place just after Super Tuesday.
Up in Kansas, where there are 33 delegates up fro grabs, former governors Kathleen Sebelius and John Carlin are working for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. According to polls published by the Kansas City Star, only 40% of voters intend to caucus, and Clinton leads in the state with 33% of possible Democratic voters — but 44% of those polled remain undecided.
Nebraska is a bit of a different story. According to news fresh off the presses at the Lincoln Journal-Star, the Clinton camp is already admitting defeat there.

Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, took the airwaves to express fresh confidence in light of expectations, saying “…the scenarios for a Sanders comeback become ‘less and less likely’ — even though the campaign expects to lose in Kansas, Nebraska and Maine between now and then.” Clinton currently leads Sanders with 575 pledged delegates to 386.
Michigan holds a race on Mar. 8, where FiveThirtyEight gives her a 98% chance of winning.
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