In my lovely and very warm home state of California (it was 94 degrees on Tuesday in my hometown, my parents reported), supporting for Bernie Sanders is “surging.”
California has always had an extremely primary date for every election. This year, it’s June 7. Being the most populated state, California provides a huge number of delegates for the winners. Here’s a catch: Each party’s primary has a different system for how many delegates the winners get. Republicans have a “winner takes all” policy, which means that the winner in each district gets all of the delegates, plus 10 more delegates, PLUS three party leaders. There are 172 delegate at stake for the Republican winner in California. The Democratic primary allocation is proportional based on how many district each candidate wins.
It gets kind of confusing, so here’s a cool stick figure video that explains everything you need to know about primary elections:
Back to Bernie. According to that Politico report, Bernie Sanders is only six percentage points behind Hillary Clinton in the California polls. It shouldn’t be too big of a surprise that Hillary is leading California. In the 2008 Democratic primary, Hillary won by about 500,000 votes against Obama. But this could be another Obama-esque move. Hillary won almost every major state in 2008, but Obama still got the nomination by getting votes from the smaller states. This could be the case for Bernie Sanders, who has won several primaries and caucuses in a row now.
This election is certainly exciting and nothing short of entertaining. I have no idea what to expect for either party for now, but you can bet I’ll be voting in June (sending out my absentee ballot, rather). In the meantime, I’m going to plan my trip to Binghamton for Bernie’s rally on Monday.
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