Fast Facts

Party afilliation:
Democrat

Highest office held:
Senator from Vermont

Poll position:
Second at 39.6 percent

Notable quote:
“Let us wage a moral and political war against the gross wealth and income inequality in America, the worst in the industrialized world, which is tearing this country and our economy apart.”

Bernie Sanders

August 7, 2016

By Kayla Wood

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following obituary is a satirical piece about the ends of 2016 presidential campaigns. Those who led the campaigns are still very much alive, although their hopes for winning the race to the White House in November have come to an unsuccessful conclusion.

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, a revolutionary political movement comprised primarily of millennial supporters, (finally) ended with the Democratic National Convention.

Officially born on May 26, 2015, when Sanders held a rally in Burlington, Vermont, the campaign started as a small movement to push the Democratic Party toward a “mature debate” about issues he found important.

From the beginning, the campaign faced financial challenges.

“We’re not going to raise $2 billion, and we’re not going to raise $1 billion,” Sanders said of his campaign, which would not accept super PAC funds.

While the campaign did face criticism (think of Sanders identifying himself as a Democratic Socialist or having such small campaign funds), it remained strong, and Sanders remained determined.

“People should not underestimate me,” Sanders warned at the start of the campaign. “I’ve run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates and, you know, I think the message that has resonated in Vermont is a message that can resonate all over this country.”

That message resonated particularly well with millennial voters, many of whom had never been politically active. They saw Sanders as a beacon of hope, someone who understood their needs and concerns, someone who was unafraid to challenge the system. Now that Sanders’ campaign has come to an end, these millennial voters have called on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to win them over, or they may not vote.

Their apathy toward Clinton was not helped by the recent DNC email leaks. The leaks verified many of Sanders’ supporters suspicion that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had never truly been impartial, but they didn’t actually prove that it used its power to hurt Sanders’ campaign. Fueled by the belief that the emails proved the Democratic primaries were rigged, Sanders’ supporters protested at the beginning of the DNC. They chanted outside and booed inside at every mention of Clinton’s name, even during Sanders’ speech in support of Clinton.

Those protesters did not represent the majority of Sanders supporters, though.

“The Sanders delegates booing the name of the soon-to-be Democratic nominee were out of step with Sanders supporters nationally,” said Philip Bump of the Washington Post.

By the end of his campaign, the grassroots senator from Vermont managed to accrue a total of 1,832 delegates, not including superdelegates, and raised over $228 million from 8.2 million individual donations by 2.5 million donors.

The campaign is survived by Sanders’ plan to reform the Democratic Party and its primary system, his positions that made it to the official Democratic Party platform, his supporters’ refusal to submit to the two-party system and the infamous slogan, “Feel the Bern.”

August 2, 2016

By Kayla Wood

The end of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday finalized the fact that Sen. Bernie Sanders’s campaign for president is now officially over.

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton gave her acceptance speech Thursday evening, thanking Sanders for his support and acknowledging that they would work together for the rest of the campaign and during her presidency.

Many media outlets are not focusing on the two candidates coming together on issues but, according to Bill Maher, that Sanders looked like “a husband sitting (outside) the waiting room while the wife tries on clothes” during Clinton’s speech.

Some of Sanders’ supporters have said he doesn’t truly support Clinton, which could be why he looked the way he did during her speech. One such supporter, founder of Black Men for Bernie, Bruce Carter, admits that Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton may have been in the best interest of the people he’s fighting for, but he still wouldn’t support the endorsement.

“The hardest thing for a warrior to do is fall on his sword,” Maher said while talking about the endorsement in an interview with Sanders. He compared the endorsement to falling on Sanders’ sword.

Regardless of the backlash he’s receiving, Sanders appears to be standing by his endorsement of Clinton. In his speech at the DNC on Monday, he repeatedly said that Clinton understands and can accomplish the goals of the progressive movement.

He wrapped up the speech, and his campaign, on an empowering and unifying note:


“Hillary Clinton will make an outstanding president and I am proud to stand with her tonight.”

July 25, 2016

By Kayla Wood

The Democratic National Convention started on a low note Monday when Sen. Bernie Sanders’ supporters booed at every mention of Hillary Clinton throughout the course of the day.

They booed Sanders himself after he reiterated his support for her campaign.

Crowd boos as Sanders tells delegates, "we have got to elect Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine." https://t.co/yaL9sczVPw

— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 25, 2016

The booing was caused largely by the recent DNC email leaks released by Wikileaks that revealed the DNC supported Hillary Clinton from the beginning of the primaries, meaning it never truly gave Sanders and his campaign a chance.

In light of the leaks, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz plans to resign. The DNC has also issued a formal apology to Sanders.

JUST IN: DNC issues apology to Bernie Sanders, his supporters and the Democratic Party over email scandal. pic.twitter.com/hUqmAiDyHl

— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) July 25, 2016

Sanders still supports the Clinton campaign, though, and intends to continue playing a major role after the convention.

July 18, 2016

By Kayla Wood

Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday but has not yet conceded on his platform ideas.

After the official Democratic Party’s platform was discussed and a meeting was held to finalize it, Sanders said he achieved about 80 percent of what he wanted to get on the final platform.

However, his concept of at least a $15 dollar minimum wage made it onto the official platform, even though Clinton opposed it. Additionally, Clinton originally opposed another idea that made it onto the platform: public health care. Sanders lost on some major issues like the opposition of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

According to a New York Times article, even though a decent amount of Sanders’ ideas make up the platform on which Clinton will be running, some of his supporters feel betrayed by his endorsement of her.

Third-party candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson took former Sanders supporters’ negative feelings toward the endorsement and the Democratic party as an opportunity to try to persuade them to vote outside the two-party system.

Regardless of the viewpoints of some of his supporters, Sanders will continue to maintain a united front for the Democratic Party by speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next Monday.

July 10, 2016

By Kayla Wood

While the Democratic primaries have ended, Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to fight for many of his campaign platforms to outlive his candidacy and make it to the general election this fall.

Sanders openly opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and he has continuously argued that the deal will cause many Americans to be unemployed. However, his stance on trade and attempt to place it on the Democratic platform is now a lost battle. The deal lost on the platform committee 104 to 77, causing many of Sanders’ supporters to boo and walk out of the meeting.

While presumptive nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also opposes the deal, her campaign is hesitant to fight against it because of President Obama’s support of the trade.

Platform disputes aside, Sanders is moving toward endorsing Clinton. His endorsement could come as early as Tuesday if party talks go well this weekend, according to CNN.

Nevertheless, we may not have seen the end of Sanders’ candidacy. Green Party candidate Jill Stein sent an email to Sanders toward the end of the primary season inviting him to take over as the party’s nominee. Sanders has yet to respond.

Next week will show strides in the presidential race for both Sanders, the Democratic Party and even the Green Party.

July 4, 2016

By Kayla Wood

Sen. Bernie Sanders is still technically in the presidential race, even though he will presumptively lose the nomination later this month to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

However, Sanders is not prepared to completely quit. He is continuing his fight to get his ideas onto the official Democratic party platform, which will be voted on by the Democratic Party at the convention in Philadelphia.

While the latest draft of the platform has not yet been released, The Washington Post has reported that it will contain many of Sanders’ platforms. A few of those ideas are a $15 minimum wage, universal health care, expanded social security and breaking up large corporations.

Sanders is said to have plans to continue fighting for issues like keeping Congress from voting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and implementing a ban on fracking.

Aside from working on the Democratic Party’s official platform since Clinton presumptively won the nomination, Sanders has left the campaign trail to return to his duties in Congress, reportedly more bold than he was before his presidential campaign.

June 26, 2016

By Kayla Wood

Although Sen. Bernie Sanders will presumptively lose the Democratic nomination, he has yet to give up his influence over the Democratic Party’s platform for the general election.

Members of the Democratic Party met this week to draft a platform policy for the general election, and some of Sanders’s policies made it through. A few of the adopted policies include Wall Street reform, a higher minimum wage and the end of the death penalty.

The full platform committee meets in two weeks in the city of Orlando, and Sanders is said to hope the meeting will help him get more of his ideas on the official party platform.

Party members will vote on the final policy in Philadelphia at the Democratic National Convention next month.

Sanders also announced this week that he will be voting for Hillary Clinton in November to prevent presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump from winning the general election, but he has not officially endorsed Clinton.

“The issue right here is I’m going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump,” Sanders said in an interview with MSNBC.

Sanders also said that Clinton holds most of the responsibility of winning over the American public by being more progressive.

The Vermont senator has had more on his mind than the general election this week. Sanders returned to the Senate to vote on amendments regarding gun control. According to The Washington Post, it was the first time this year every senator was in attendance for a vote.

Until the convention on July 25, Sanders intends to keep fighting to get more of his ideas on Clinton’s platform.



June 20, 2016

By Elizabeth Chidlow

Sen. Bernie Sanders has proven to this nation that the potential end of his campaign will not mean an end to his political and social revolution.

“Election days come and go. But political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end,” he said, according to Vanity Fair, to supporters in a live video message. “They continue every day, every week, and every month in the fight to create a nation and world of social and economic justice. . . . That’s what this campaign has been about over the past year. That’s what the political revolution is about and that’s why the political revolution must continue into the future.”

He recently urged his followers to run for office and create change in their own local governments.

Since speaking out against ending his campaign, Sanders’ has picked up speed and showed the nation that the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presumptive nominee title is not as objective as it may seem.

In order to be the absolute nominee, Clinton needs 2,383 pledged delegates. According to RealClearPolitics, she currently has 2,219 pledged and 587 unpledged whereas Sanders has 1,832 pledged and 48 unpledged. After the Democratic National Convention, Sanders allegedly reported he will make the decision to persevere or relent his campaign.

Although they are competitors when it comes to delegates, Sanders has pledged to fight alongside Clinton against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. He agreed last week to meet with her, according to his spokesman Michael Briggs, to discuss both their platforms and determine what is the best solution to the Trump problem.

“After we have that kind of discussion and after we can determine whether or not we are going to have a strong and progressive platform," he said, "I will be able to make other decisions.”

The DNC will be held the weekend of July 25-28 in Philadelphia.



June 13, 2016

By Kayla Wood

Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to meet with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton Tuesday to discuss her platform and the future of his campaign.

Tuesday’s primaries nearly guaranteed Clinton’s nomination, putting her over the necessary delegate count to win the nomination with 2,780 delegates, including superdelegates, as compared with Sanders’s 1,876 delegates and superdelegates.

After months of refraining from officially endorsing any candidate, President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, all publicly came out in support of Clinton on Thursday.

Sanders said Thursday he will not drop out of the race until after the final primary on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. He maintained he wants to give everyone the chance to vote in the primaries.

Clinton and Sanders came together on a different topic Sunday after a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, left about 50 people dead and 53 injured. Both politicians sent out statements with condolences to those affected by the shooting and condemning violent weapons such as the one used in the shooting.

Sanders went one step further by saying on Meet the Press that automatic weapons should not be sold in the U.S.

June 6, 2016

By Kayla Wood

With less than two weeks left in the primary calendar, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign has yet to fizzle out.

His campaign recently released a new ad explaining why his ideas matter and why people should refrain from giving up on him just yet. The ad features a young man who has felt the impact of mass incarceration and the lack of widespread, easy-to-access education. He tells his story of why he supports Sanders and why others should too.

With 806 delegates up for grabs Tuesday, 546 of which are from California alone, Sanders continues to focus most of his energy on the swing state. He has held several rallies in the past few weeks and will be hosting a concert Monday to encourage people to get out and vote on Tuesday.

Several famous faces will be in attendance, including the Dave Matthews Band, Shailene Woodley and Danny Glover. The concert is free to the public.

After Tuesday’s primary in California, Sanders’ team will decide what its best course of action will be leading up to the Democratic National Convention, according to Sanders’ senior advisor Tad Devine.

Until then, however, Sanders refuses to give up his platforms or his bid for the Democratic presidential nominee.

On Tuesday, June 7, California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota will hold their primaries and caucuses.

May 30, 2016

By Kayla Wood

What do some Los Angeles caffeine lovers and young left-wing liberals have in common? Their support of Sen. Bernie Sanders as shown through Johnie’s Coffee Shop, a locally-owned coffee shop on Fairfax Avenue.

A grassroots Sanders support group, Bernie’s Avengers, recently took over the shop as its headquarters to unite the local Sanders support groups in its common goal.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Bernie’s Avengers organizer Jeremy White said, “We hope to get exposure for the Bernie Sanders campaign without having him spend his campaign money.”

The murals covering the facade of the building carry a message with meaning beyond just Sanders’ name and face.

The artists that contributed to the murals are of Latino and African-American descent, which was intentional since Sanders needs to reach out to those demographics in particular, according to Jeanna Penn of ICU Art.

Johnie’s, which closed for business in 2000 and no longer actually serves coffee, will remain open as a political support center and go by the name Bernie’s Coffee Shop until California’s June 7 primary.

Leading up to the primary, Sanders has been campaigning and maintaining a presence in California’s media.

He came out this week in favor of a debate with Donald Trump in the state, but Trump decided against it last minute.

Trump claims the debate would be “inappropriate” as he does not believe Sanders will be the Democratic nominee. Sanders continued to pressure Trump for the debate, however, until he agreed under the circumstance that Sanders raises $10 million for charity.

Whether Trump is serious yet to be determined.

May 22, 2016

By Kayla Wood

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders had a big week in relation to the delegate count Tuesday after tying with opponent Hillary Clinton in the Kentucky primary and winning the Oregon primary.

Sanders and Clinton both won 27 delegates from Kentucky, while Sanders won in Oregon with 34 delegates compared with Clinton’s 25. The total pledged delegate count now rests for Sanders at 1,494 delegates compared with Clinton’s 1,768 delegates.

The Vermont Senator had an eventful week outside the realm of delegates as well.

Sanders declared Saturday that he endorses Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s opponent, Tim Canova.

According to The Washington Post, Sanders’s endorsement will cause a “full-blown battle” between Sanders supporters and other members of the Democratic party.

While she may campaign against him privately, according to The Washington Post, Wasserman Schultz issued a statement saying she still remains neutral in her opinion on the presidential race.

Aside from shaking things up in the Democratic Party, Sanders has also been busy campaigning in major swing states, such as California. With its primary coming up on June 7, Sanders and Clinton have both been trying to sway Hispanic voters.

According to a CBS affiliate in San Francisco, 18- to 29-year-old Hispanic voter registration has been on the rise and those voters typically lean toward Sanders; however, the older Hispanic voters are leaning more toward Clinton.

Sanders will likely be spending the next few weeks campaigning in the state with 546 delegates up for grabs.

May 16, 2016

By Kayla Wood

Sen. Bernie Sanders took home a win Tuesday in West Virginia, bringing his pledged delegate count up to 1,433 compared with Hillary Clinton’s 1,716.

With only 40 superdelegates to Clinton’s 524, Sanders is unlikely to win the Democratic nomination. Fully aware of this fact, Donald Trump continued to call on Sanders to encourage his supporters to vote for him as a third-party nominee. If Sanders supporters were to do this, it would take potential votes away from Clinton, essentially ensuring a Trump presidency.

Sanders has not responded to Trump’s calls to action, but he has been campaigning in Kentucky, which will hold its primary on May 17.

Aside from holding rallies in the Bluegrass state, Sanders decided to surprise a few young people, most of whom were high school seniors, before their prom Saturday. Not all of the students were Bernie supporters, but they still enjoyed his presence and said it made their prom even more of a night to remember.

Both Kentucky and Oregon will hold primaries Tuesday, with 135 combined delegates up for grabs.

May 8, 2016

By Kayla Wood

After his upset win Tuesday in Indiana, Sen. Bernie Sanders took home 44 delegates compared with Hillary Clinton’s 38; however, he still trails behind her in the overall delegate count with 1,411 pledged delegates to Clinton’s 1,701 delegates.

Since Sanders won the Indiana primary by such a small margin, political pundits do not believe he will be able to win enough delegates in the remaining states to receive the Democratic nomination.

A recent poll by MetroNews West Virginia put Sanders ahead of Clinton by four points in West Virginia, but that margin will not be enough for Sanders to gain much traction before the upcoming Democratic National Convention in July.

Additionally, it does not help Sanders that he is unlikely to win California due to Clinton’s strong political history and presence in the state, which has been growing since her husband’s 1992 campaign.

Regardless of whether they still believe Sanders could win the nomination, millennials continue to show him their support. Cenk Uygur wrote a blog piece for The Huffington Post explaining why millennials are so devoted to Sanders.

He explained that Sanders is so attractive to the younger generation because of his “authenticity.” Millennials are tired of the way the system is running, and they see Sanders as an honest man who might be able to change it.

This is why Massachusetts resident Evelyn Wolfson wrote a letter to the editor at The New York Times. Wolfson recognized that Sanders supporters are deeply devoted to him, so she called on Clinton to make sure he is on the ticket for the general election. In the letter, Wolfson expressed her concern that unless Sanders is on the ticket this November, many independents and “Hillary haters” will refrain from voting, which could very well result in a Trump presidency.


Sanders is currently campaigning in West Virginia, which will hold its primary Tuesday.

May 3, 2016

By Kayla Wood

In late March, Bernie Sanders took home a slew of wins in the Democratic caucuses and primaries, but his opponent Hillary Clinton came back with five wins beginning with New York, where she won 139 delegates.

Although Sanders has fallen behind in the campaign with his 1,367 pledged delegates as compared to Clinton’s 1,663, he has ensured his supporters that he will not be dropping out of the race.

Sanders says the Democratic National Convention will be a “contested” one because it is unlikely that either candidate will be able to win the nomination based on pledged delegates alone, and that they will both need to rely on superdelegates to win the nomination.

As of press time, Clinton leads with 2,183 delegates, including superdelegates, as compared to Sanders’ 1,406 including superdelegates. Sanders says he fully understands that winning the nomination will be a tough battle seeing as he would need to win at least 65 percent of the remaining delegates, but he is willing to fight for those votes in every remaining state.

While his supporters might be jumping for joy at the fact that Sanders is not willing to drop his campaign, some of his critics are, well, criticizing his decision. New York Times blogger Paul Krugman says that Sanders’ claims or arguments are “really depressing” at this point.

Krugman says “What we’re getting instead is an epic descent into whining,” and Sanders has an issue with accepting reality. Sanders should be graciously accepting defeat, according to Krugman, rather than fighting for victory.



April 13, 2016

By Elizabeth Chidlow

Bernie Sanders recently won the Wisconsin and Wyoming primaries and is on to the next in New York April 19.

However, a primary from the past has reared its head. The Colorado Democratic Party came out with a statement that it had miscalculated the Democratic poll. According to the Denver Post, the error underestimated Sanders’ margin of victory by about 4 percentage points and indicated that the two Democratic candidates had split the district’s national delegates evenly.

“The mistake is a minor shift with major implications. The new projection now shows the Vermont senator winning 39 delegates in Colorado, compared to 27 for Clinton,” a Denver Post article said

After recalculating, it was revealed that Sanders won five delegates and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won three delegates. The Clinton campaign is said to have known about the error Friday, whereas the Sanders campaign did not know until Saturday. Democratic Party officials did not make a statement on the mistake until Monday.

"I go back to my position on a presidential primary," Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio said in a Denver Post interview. "I think caucuses are great for smaller races but Colorado has outgrown the caucus system in presidential years."

Even with the new calculations, Sanders is at 45.8 percent compared to Clinton at 46.8 percent.

Aside from the polls, Sanders was invited to the Vatican for a conference that celebrates the 25th anniversary of an encyclical that came at the end of the Cold War. The event would be a 4-day trip starting April 15, right before the New York primary, which according to Politico is “pivotal to his bid for the Democratic nomination.”

“I have not heard anybody [complaining about the schedule],” Sanders’ Communications Director Michael Briggs said in an interview with Politico. “He will be gone for a very short period, for a very important meeting at the Vatican. He will probably spend less time away from New York this week than Hillary Clinton spends going to fundraisers in Florida, Virginia and California. He’s taking New York very seriously."

The New York primary is next on Sanders’ schedule after his trip to the Vatican, then the Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland and Pennsylvania primaries.

April 4, 2016

By Kayla Wood

Bernie Sanders supporters have been complaining about the unfair coverage of the campaign by media for months, but they took to the streets outside the CNN building in Hollywood to protest Sunday.

Protesters said they felt coverage was unfair and that the media should stick to the issues.

Sanders supporters also rallied March 30, but not in protest. Sanders delivered a speech in Wisconsin to gather support in the state that’s holding a primary Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Clinton tried to gather support by taking shots at Sanders’s platforms at her Wisconsin rally.

There are 96 delegates up for grabs on Tuesday’s primary election.

March 31, 2016

If you’re from Washington D.C. and were concerned about not being able to vote for Bernie Sanders in the upcoming primary on June 14, worry no more. 

According to the Washington Post, the clerical error that may have prevented Sanders from being on the D.C. ballot will not be enough to exclude him in June.

In other news, Sanders and his opponent Hillary Clinton decided to come together to bash Trump and his ideals. Rather than getting personal and battling one another, the two Democratic candidates decided to target the Republican field during an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

March 29, 2016

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took home two wins Tuesday — Utah and Idaho — while opponent Hillary Clinton won Arizona.

Sanders said one possibility for his loss in Arizona was the fact that many voters walked away from the hours-long lines to vote in the state’s primary.

“I hope that every state in this country learns from that and learns how to put together a proper election where people can vote in a timely manner and then go back to work,” Sanders said of the Arizona voting lines.

The elections were not the only thing happening for Sanders on Tuesday. He made a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he discussed topics ranging from the Brussels attack that day to his personal relationship with Hillary Clinton.

March 28, 2016

Have you heard of Birdie Sanders? After a small bird landed on his podium at a Portland rally Friday, Bernie Sanders’s fans and followers made the event into an internet sensation.

The hashtag #BirdieSanders has been trending since the event, and his supporters have been using it as a means to promote Sanders.

The visit from the bird may have improved Sanders’s chances, as he won all three states — Washington, Alaska and Hawaii — Saturday night.

According to the New York Times, Sanders’ landslide victories Saturday could cause his opponent Hillary Clinton to face issues with her campaign in the coming months.

March 24, 2016

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders took home two wins Tuesday — Utah and Idaho — while opponent Hillary Clinton won Arizona.

Sanders said one possibility for his loss in Arizona was the fact that many voters walked away from the hours-long lines to vote in the state’s primary.

“I hope that every state in this country learns from that and learns how to put together a proper election where people can vote in a timely manner and then go back to work,” Sanders said of the Arizona voting lines.

The elections were not the only thing happening for Sanders on Tuesday. He made a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he discussed topics ranging from the Brussels attack that day to his personal relationship with Hillary Clinton.

March 22, 2016

Arizona, Idaho and Utah all have caucuses and primaries coming up Tuesday, March 22, 2016, and Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders is focusing on campaigning in those states.

Utah, join the political revolution. Caucus for Bernie on Tuesday, March 22. #ByThePeople pic.twitter.com/GJ8SaK738t

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 20, 2016

Sanders has been focusing particularly on campaigning in the state of Arizona, which has 75 delegates up for grabs. Dan Nowicki of The Arizona Republic says that a win in Arizona “could give his insurgent Democratic campaign fresh momentum after it was staggered by Tuesday's big losses to front-runner Clinton in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri.”

March 18, 2016

Bernie Sanders took some major hits to his campaign Tuesday when he lost in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio and conceded to opponent Hillary Clinton in Missouri.

That being said, Sanders is far from being done with his campaign. Nate Cohn of The New York Times says that now that most of the southern states have had their primaries, and the race is moving north, Sanders has a better chance of catching up to Clinton.

Last Friday, however, President Obama told a group of donors that it may be nearing the time to start backing Clinton. Obama hinted that Sanders should drop his campaign, but never said it outright, according to those that were at the event.

March 13, 2016

With Ohio’s primary set for Tuesday, Bernie Sanders is trying to gain traction in the swing state by speaking at rallies, going to dinners and getting Ohio to pass this law that allows some 17-year-olds to vote in the primary.

Sanders and opponent Hillary Clinton are both targeting Donald Trump before the primary in order to try to gain voters, and some Sanders supporters even shut down a Trump rally in Chicago on Friday. In retaliation, Trump threatened to send some of his own supporters to Sanders’s rallies.

Bernie Sanders is lying when he says his disruptors aren't told to go to my events. Be careful Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2016

Ideally, for Sanders’s campaign, his feud with Trump can gain him the votes he needs to win in big states. According to a Washington Post article, the only way Sanders could win the Democratic nomination is if he starts winning in big states such as Ohio, Florida, Illinois and North Carolina, all of which have primaries coming up.

March 8, 2016

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has won eight state primaries and caucuses thus far, trailing behind Hillary Clinton by three states.

In a few of the other states, including Iowa and Massachusetts, Sanders came in a close second to Clinton, only losing by a few points. In some of his wins, though, Sanders led his opponent by wide margins. He won 64 percent to Clinton’s 36 percent in Maine.

Sanders was quoted saying that people are making history in this year’s primaries and caucuses.

On Monday, however, Sanders may have made a mistake in his campaign by saying white people do not know what it is like to be poor. A PolitiFact article said he was trying to say people of color have different challenges than white people, but it said Sanders did not execute his statement well.

The next few weeks will show whether Sanders’ statement will hurt his campaign as the remaining states have their caucuses and primaries.

February 23, 2016

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lost against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 47 percent to 53 percent in the Nevada caucuses Saturday night, failing to win over key groups of which the Democratic party is comprised.

Among the demographics he lost were women, nonwhites and those with postgraduate degrees.

The reason for his loss, Sanders said, was that the turnout was not high enough. If more young people and more working-class people would have come out to vote, Sanders believed the result may have been different.

Heading into his next few rounds of primaries and caucuses, Sanders might be able to win over civil rights activists again due to a photo recently found in the Chicago Tribune’s archive.

The photo depicts Sanders being arrested during a civil rights protest that occurred in the 1960’s. He reportedly led many protests of racial injustice during his time at the University of Chicago.


February 17, 2016

By Nate Doughty

Bernie Sanders pulled off a victory in the New Hampshire Primary on Feb. 9, bringing in 60.4 percent of the vote according to the New York Times. This brings the Sanders campaign fresh momentum after tieing with Clinton in Iowa the week before.

On Feb. 11, Sanders received the endorsement of Erica Garner, the daughter of the late Eric Garner who died after being placed in a chokehold by a New York City police officer. A four minute video explaining her support shows that Sander’s track record with advocating for civil rights and his call for change in the criminal justice system as being the roots for her support. The video was produced and paid for by the Sanders campaign.

Garner says her support for the senator did not come because he is looking for support from the black community.

“He didn’t force me to frame my support of him around a subject matter that special interest groups that support him can get behind,” Garner said on her blog. “You will see a lot of Black leaders handing out endorsements, think to yourself, have they historically been a rubber stamp for the establishment?”

Sanders is currently campaigning in Nevada, which is where the next Democratic Caucus will be held on Feb. 20.

UPDATE: February 1, 2016 at 12 a.m.

By Kayla Wood

Iowa Caucus result: Second place, polling at 49.6 percent

That result is with 96 percent of the delegates reporting. The race between Sanders and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton remained close throughout the night.

February 1, 2016

Fun fact: Ben & Jerry’s recently released a limited edition Bernie Sanders ice cream flavor that shows the nation’s wage gap with different layers of ice cream and chocolate.

With the caucuses now in full swing, Sanders’ campaign is rolling forward with full force. Hillary Clinton and Sanders are both vying for last-minute votes in Mason City, Iowa. According to a report by The New York Times, the battle will come down to the energy behind Sanders’ campaign and the organization behind Clinton’s.

Sanders is also maintaining his political platforms under the pressure of pundits who are asking him about his plans in relation to big government. He clearly stated Monday evening at Drake University that he would raise taxes, but it would help citizens save money in the long run.

Finally, in a push to connect with younger voters before the Iowa caucuses, Sanders’ campaign team is running a Snapchat ad campaign that started Jan. 24 and will continue until the Feb. 1 caucuses.

November 19, 2015

The American dream has become a nightmare for members of the middle and lower classes. Or at least that’s what U.S. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said he believes. With his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race, Sanders aims to end “the war” on the middle class.

Sanders, record holder for the longest-serving Independent in Congress, self-identified “Democratic Socialist” and son of a working class Polish immigrant, is “in this race to win.”

Although Sanders identifies as a socialist, he is running for the Democratic nomination because he does not want to take potential votes from a Democratic candidate, according to an article from Real Clear Politics.

Some say Sanders’ platform is not necessarily socialist, but rather progressive liberal. Sanders supports increasing the federal minimum wage, heavier regulation on Wall Street banks, federal legalization of marijuana, LGBT rights, immigration reform and automatic background checks for gun owners. His stances that more closely reflect socialism are his support of single-payer health care and affordable education.

Sanders opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the U.S. involvement in Iraq, the PATRIOT Act, the death penalty and, unlike some of his Democratic peers, lawsuits against gun manufacturers and the Brady Bill.

He is known for praising the Scandinavian system of government, which focuses highly on wealth equality, one of Sanders’s main platforms in the race.

“In countries in Scandinavia like Denmark, Norway, Sweden, they are very democratic countries,” said Sanders in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s “This Week.” “In those countries by and large, government works for ordinary people and the middle class, rather than, as is the case right now in our country, for the billionaire class.”

Born Bernard Sanders on Sept. 8, 1941, to Eli Sanders and Dorothy Glassberg, he grew up in Brooklyn with two Jewish parents and a strong rapport with the working class. His father migrated to the U.S. from Poland after nearly all of his family was killed in the Holocaust. These losses helped spark Sanders’ interest in politics.

“[Adolf Hitler] won an election and 50 million people died as a result of that election and World War II, including 6 million Jews,” Sanders said at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, according to NPR. “So what I learned as a little kid is that politics is in fact very important.”

Sanders first ran for political office at James Madison High School, where he came in last place for the student body presidential election. But he wasn’t discouraged; Sanders continued his political career throughout college, where he focused more on social issues and advocacy than on elected offices.

At the University of Chicago, Sanders joined the Young People’s Socialist League, the Congress of Racial Equality, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Student Peace Union. And although he protested the Vietnam War, he said he supports veterans wholeheartedly.

After college, Sanders ran as the Liberty Union candidate for several elections in the state of Vermont before leaving the Liberty Union and running as an Independent for mayor of Burlington, Vermont, in 1980. This was Sanders’s first win in an election, where he only won by 10 votes. He served four terms in total as mayor of Burlington before stepping down to run for Congress.

In 1990, Sanders won the race for the U.S. House of Representatives on his seventh campaign for higher office. He served eight terms in the House, and his fourth is the one that made history with Sanders as the longest-serving Independent in congressional history. Sanders wrote his 1997 book, “Outsider in the House,” about his fourth congressional campaign.

After his eighth term in the House, Sanders ran for Senate, and won, in 2006, the position he still holds. According to a New York Times article, many people could not take him seriously until he actually won office.

“People should not underestimate me,” said Sanders in an interview with the Guardian. “I’ve run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates and, you know, I think the message that has resonated in Vermont is a message that can resonate all over this country.”