I keep hearing emotionally invested Bernie Sanders supporters scream about how Barack Obama didn’t win the nomination in terms of delegates until towards the end of the primary race in 2008. Well, let me just say something: if you’re comparing Barack Obama’s victories to Bernie Sanders’ victories, you’re going to have a very bad time.
Update: My website server accidentally deleted these images. Please google the maps.
The 2008 Democratic Primaries
The 2016 Democratic Primaries
NOTE 1*: HAWAII IS DARK BLUE BECAUSE THE GRAPHIC WAS MADE BEFORE HAWAII’S PRIMARY WAS CALLED. DARK BLUE MEANT THE ELECTION WAS NOT CALLED YET. IT SHOULD BE GREEN.
NOTE 2*: ARIZONA IS GREY BECAUSE OF THE INVESTIGATION. IT SHOULD TECHNICALLY BE LIGHT BLUE IF WE BASE JUST ON THE NUMBERS GIVEN.
NOTE 3: AMERICAN TERRITORIES AND DEMS ABROAD HAVE BEEN LEFT OUT OF BOTH OF THESE MAPS. THEY REALLY DO NOT MEAN MUCH WHEN ADDED UP COMPARATIVE TO THE REST OF THE MAP.
The Main Difference
Can you see the difference now? Barack Obama won a majority of the south, which equals a lot of delegates. Bernie Sanders did not win a single state in the south. You can call these states “conservative states that don’t matter” all you want; they still equal a lot of delegates in the Democratic primaries despite oftentimes going red in the general.
The big difference between Bernie Sanders and Barack Obama is Barack Obama won a majority of his delegates from the SOUTH. Even though Clinton won New York and California in 2008, which Bernie Sanders supporters are claiming Sanders “has a shot in” those states this year, her support was minimized thanks in part to Obama’s victories in the south, with Sanders did not win.
So, even if Sanders BLOWS California and New York out of the water and leaves Clinton with less than a few delegates from either state (which he wont; I’m incredibly sorry to say), the Southern firewall still works in Hillary Clinton’s favor.
You’re propagating endless streams of nonsense if you try to claim Sanders will pull an Obama in terms of delegates when Obama’s success in delegates was thanks in part to the South; where Sanders performed horrendously. I Feel the Bern, but I have political reasoning when it comes to the statistics on how these primaries actually work.