Not so fast Hillary, people are still speaking
By Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.17.2016
As of this writing, Clinton leads Sanders in Kentucky, 47.2% to 46.2% with 99% of precincts reporting. It has been back and forth for the past hour with each leading by a razor-thin margin at different points – but no matter the end result or the media narrative put on it, Bernie actually won this one.
It’s all about aesthetics.
Kentucky has always been for Democratic voters “Clinton country”. Bill Clinton won the state in the general election in 1992 and again in 1996, which he did thanks to Ross Perot. Kentucky is otherwise a Republican state.
They found their red again for Bush in 2000 and 2004. In 2008, Hillary Clinton absolutely trounced Obama with 65% of the vote in the state’s primary (he lost the state in the 2008 general election to McCain as well as in 2012 to Romney).
Tonight, Kentucky took a hard turn away from being solidly Democratic “Clinton country” as Sanders did there what he did in Iowa and pulled it to a practical draw.
That is the YUUUUGE win for Sanders – the image. They will essentially split the Kentucky Democratic delegates. It’s basically Iowa all over again.
Sanders really won the “battle of image” in Kentucky by toppling Clinton from what has historically been a solid Clinton perch in Democratic primaries.
Does the Democratic Party really want to place their fate in that state and others in the hands of the only Democratic candidate who actually loses to Trump in a few polls instead of going with the one who loses to him in none? It will very likely go red in any case, but most assuredly so if Clinton is the nominee.
In fact, Bernie has beaten her in generally blue states as opposed to her carrying states that almost always go red in the general.
Gambling is no way to nominate a candidate.