Bernie Sanders Could Be The Nominee, But This Is What He’d Have To Overcome by Samantha Lachman Staff Reporter, The Huffington Post


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There is a radical theory among a fringe group of political scientists that Bernie Sanders’ candidacy may be putting to the test. Known as the John Madden rule, it goes like this: If a candidate gets more votes than his or her opponent in a primary contest, that person wins.

For months, it has been assumed as an article of faith that for a variety of reasons, the independent senator from Vermont simply can’t get the Democratic presidential nomination. He is, after all, an out-of-the-closet democratic socialist. In the wake of a potential Sanders win in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday evening, he still faces a major challenge: how to win in states that aren’t overwhelmingly white and liberal-leaning.

His rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has suggested that a Sanders win in New Hampshire shouldn’t come as a surprise because he represents a neighboring state. Still, winning in New Hampshire could give Sanders’ campaign momentum and change how racial minorities perceive his viability. That’s what happened in 2008, when then-Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) low standing in South Carolina rapidly improved after his Iowa caucus victory and demonstrated to skeptical voters that he could actually win…(read the rest here)

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