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The Citizen

    Down but not out

    Bernie Sanders appears to be the best person for the job of President of the United States, for reasons ranging from his voracity to his voting record. Most news media presented will lead you to believe that Sanders is trailing by a wide margin to Hillary Clinton. 
    However, that might not be the whole story. Most delegate counts (a democratic candidate requires 2,382 to clinch the nomination) would present Clinton leading by an apparently unsurpassable margin. 
    The truth is that Sanders currently trails by 306 delegates (1119 to 813), and most of the states that Clinton has had strong showings are unlikely to vote Democrat in the main election. 
    The majority of the states yet to be polled in the primary elections are socially and financially liberal states that Sanders has a very real chances of winning, including California, with our 475 delegates.
    Another very misleading statistic are “super delegates,” party higher-ups that can change their vote at any time until the DNC, which are often represented in statistics when in reality their votes haven’t been officially cast yet. 
    A similar situation occurred in the 2008 primary when then-front runner Clinton was pitted against underdog Barak Obama. Clinton’s delegate count was misrepresented until the DNC, when Obama clinched the nomination, and eventually, the presidency. 
    There is also evidence DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been doing everything in her power to tip the scales in favor of the party’s preferred candidate, Clinton, and a petition for her resignation has over 72,000 signatures online. 
    So remember, there’s plenty of race left to be run. Gather the facts, stick to the issues, and the right person for the job will (hopefully) be elected. #feelthebern

    David Hiltbrand is Editor-in-chief at the Tower. E-mail him at davidhiltbrand(at)sbcglobal.net

    About the Contributor
    In the fall of 2019, The Laney Tower rebranded as The Citizen and launched a new website. These stories were ported over from the old Laney Tower website, but byline metadata was lost in the port. However, many of these stories credit the authors in the text of the story. Some articles may also suffer from formatting issues. Future archival efforts may fix these issues.  
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