On April 19th, New York had its primary contests for both the Democratic and Republican parties. Donald Trump, unsurprisingly, won the Republican primary by a large margin.
However, the results of the Democratic primary were far more upsetting to anyone hoping for a change of pace from typical establishment politics. Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders 57.9% to 42.1%- a double digit lead.
Yet, in the weeks leading up to the contest, it appeared that Bernie was gaining ground, rather than losing it. Just look at the thousands of people who came to his rallies in Brooklyn and Washington Square Park:
Bernie had the widespread support among the younger demographic. He wasn't polling that far behind Hillary Clinton in the preliminary estimates; certainly not as far behind as he ended up in the primary results. At the democratic debate held five days before the primary, there was what seemed to essentially be a tie, with some websites saying Hillary Clinton had won (http://www.cnn.com/2016/04/15/opinions/democratic-debate-hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-zelizer/) and other polls , like this one from Fortune.com, saying that Bernie Sanders had won:
So what happened? How did Bernie Sanders lose New York to Hillary Clinton, and by such a wide margin?
Hillary Clinton has the strong support of the Democratic establishment behind her, as well as Wall Street and Super PACS, whereas Bernie Sanders has taken no donations from Super PACS. Hillary Clinton is loved by Wall Street, and supporters of Wall Street. Huffington Post revealed that Clinton won a lot of votes from NY democrats who think that Wall Street is a boon to the economy. Additionally, Clinton has made $11 million from speaking, delivering 51 speeches in 2014 and the first three months of 2015, according to The Washington Post. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-new-york-wall-street_us_571767ebe4b0018f9cbba920). Clearly, Bernie Sanders could not have gotten support from this demographic, as he has been vocal about his disapproval of big, unregulated banks.
Many voters believe that Hillary Clinton is more experienced than Bernie, but this simply isn't true. She certainly has experience, being a two-term senator and serving as the secretary of state for 4 years. Yet, her decisions as secretary of state didn't show experience; In fact, one website stated that
"Clinton’s failures as Secretary of State helped bring war to Europe, an arms race to Asia, and inferno to the Middle-East. The U.S. and its international standing are weaker for Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State." (http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/08/hillary_clintons_foreign_policy_failures.html)
Although it may seem that Sander's New York loss is foreshadowing a loss at the Democratic Convention, this is simply not the case. That is, of course, what the mainstram media would like you to believe, but the facts speak for themselves. Sanders has won the primary contests in Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Oklamhoma, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming- 17 out of the 36 states who have held contests so far. And in many of these places, he won by a double-digit lead. (http://www.politico.com/2016-election/results/map/president). Bernie Sanders may not have won New York, but he has a significant shot at earning the Democratic nomination. He is easily the best candidate to lead our country out of the corrupt mess that we have found ourselves in, and instigate a political revolution.