"There's no doubt that what you call call establishment
But others say such fears may be premature.
"I don't think we have enough evidence now as to whether it would be a net gain for
A week before
After taking the most votes in the
The same poll also showed all three
But that hasn't stopped some
"Nominating Bernie is the riskiest possible approach to beating Trump," said state Sen.
"He is not the best Democratic candidate from the perspective of who would help out down-ballot (candidates)," Martin said. "Some of his policy positions are further from the mainstream . . . That means he'll have less appeal to swing voters."
It's a prospect that has made
"Primary voters are feeling the
Path to victory
Democratic consultant and blogger
But then he looked at the numbers. On Monday he wrote that Sanders does have a path to win in
Entrance polls before
McKinnon said he believes Sanders can appeal to those voters who backed Obama and Trump. There are six N.C. "pivot" counties that went for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and for Trump in 2016, according to Ballotpedia.
"I think Sanders will appeal to people who were disaffected in 2016 or sat out or voted for
"It's not like Sanders hides his big government socialism -- he has screamed it to the nation for a half-decade. Maybe voters don't care."
"Whoever is at the top of the ticket is going to have to unite the party get an extraordinary turnout of voters," said Blue, the N.C. Senate Democratic leader. "It has not been shown to me yet that Sanders could do that. . . . If Sanders is proclaiming himself a Democratic Socialist, that's going to be a much more difficult hill to climb."
Blue said he had been for Biden. But Monday he and House Minority Leader
McLennan, the political scientist, said he's not ready to write off Sanders.
"I'm not one of those gloom-and-doomers who say
Pearce said a lot of
"It's hard to believe that a 78-year-old socialist who just had a heart attack and has said nice things about
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