Senator Bernie Sanders’ popularity among voters continues to soar as more people flock to his campaign 16 months before the 2016 Presidential Elections.
On Saturday, 11,000 people gathered in Phoenix, Arizona to listen to the Democrat presidential contender speak about increase in wages, income inequality, climate change and politics money. Sanders is the first to visit places such as the primary states, Iowa and New Hampshire as well as red states — places where Democrats have not yet attained success in the last presidential elections.
“Somebody told me Arizona is a conservative state. Somebody told me the people here are giving up on the political process. That’s not what I see here tonight,” Sanders said as quoted by the Huffington Post.
Sanders’ schedule this week includes a campaign rally in Dallas and Houston on Sunday. Next weekend, he is set to campaign in Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Alabama early on August.
Though the senator from Vermont announced his intention to win the White House only on July 1, he has since outnumbered by 30 points former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in the latest Democratic nomination.
Strengthening New Hampshire Grip
In a report from Politics, Sanders will concentrate in New Hampshire and Iowa as these are the states where the Sander’s campaign group has full-time staff.
“There’s so much enthusiasm and so many people that want to do work on this campaign,” Kurt Ehrenberg, Sanders’ head in New Hampshire said, “It grows everyday. It’s the kind of campaign we run—leaps and bounds.”
Sanders has been raving on the news, telling about the impressive number in his campaign stops. Three of the states that have solid Sanders-supporter base are New Hampshire, Iowa and Minnesota. Albeit at this early, these three states provide for huge number of supporters, the challenge for the senator’s campaign clique is how to ensure those supporters convert to Democratic nomination.
But a professor and a dean said Sanders may have New Hampshire, but such is not enough for him to win ultimately in the nomination. Dante Scala, a political science professor at University of New Hampshire, said Sanders’ left-leaning ideology is one reason why the senator, a self-confessed socialist, cannot win the nomination.
Scala elaborated that Sanders’ being independent in the Senate makes it difficult for him to “gain ground with more mainstream Democratic voters.”
“The idea that a socialist would become a major party nominee in the United States is highly, highly unlikely,” Scala was quoted by Politics.
Meanwhile, civic scholar Dean Spiliotes from Southern New Hampshire University echoed Scala’s opinion, saying he sees Sanders’ “path to a competitive primary,” and not the nomination.