Following a solid performance in the Iowa caucuses that saw him win the most votes, albeit not the most delegates, Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) performed equally well in the New Hampshire primary and once again walked away with the most votes of any of the Democratic presidential candidates.
With momentum clearly on his side and an undeniably devoted following of supporters, Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe outlined on Tuesday how Sanders could potentially win additional states in the coming weeks, a feat that would place him “on a roll” to becoming an “unstoppable” force in the race for the Democratic nomination.
Sanders well-positioned for primary fight
Appearing Tuesday morning on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom while voting in New Hampshire was underway, Boothe initially addressed the sudden surge of momentum seen by Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and considered how that would match up against the stronger and better-established ground game of Sanders in upcoming state contests including those in California and Nevada.
“I think the challenge for Klobuchar is if you look ahead at states like Nevada, Bernie Sanders has been there since the spring,” Boothe said. “You look at states like California, which are enormously expensive to play in — you’re talking about over a dozen media markets, or something like that — it’s an incredibly expensive state.
“Bernie Sanders has already invested a lot in California, so has [former New York City Mayor Mike] Bloomberg,” she continued. “So you look ahead at some of these contests and is it too late to kind of build that organizational structure that you need to win in both these early states and then the Super Tuesday states.”
She went on to pivot to Bernie. “He almost won Iowa, he’s probably gonna win tonight, he might win Nevada,” Boothe said. “Then you head into South Carolina with some serious wind at your back, and then you look at California and he could potentially win California, which is a hugely delegate-rich state.
“So I don’t know, I mean, Bernie Sanders could catch on a roll and catch some steam that might be unstoppable,” she added.
As it turned out, Boothe’s prediction about Sanders winning New Hampshire proved to be accurate, though her predictions about how Sanders performs in Nevada and California are still up in the air.
Bernie vs. the establishment
According to the RealClearPolitics (RCP) average of polls, Sanders currently sits in second place in Nevada with 17.5% support, just a few points behind former Vice President Joe Biden — though Biden’s once-significant lead has contracted considerably in light of his dismal showing in Iowa and his family’s questionable dealings with Ukraine featuring prominently in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
As for the polling in California, RCP shows Sanders in the lead with 25.8% support, nearly five points ahead of Biden who, again, has slipped in the standings in recent weeks due to the aforementioned reasons.
To be sure, it is starting to look like the Democratic Party establishment is gearing up to pull out all the stops to prevent Sanders from winning the nomination, perhaps by throwing its considerable weight behind a purported “moderate” candidate like former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg or former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
That said, Sanders has an experienced and well-organized campaign that has been well-financed by his legion of dedicated supporters, factors which may prove insurmountable for whomever the establishment-backed candidate ultimately is — especially if Sanders does indeed pick up those important wins in Nevada and California.