Will Bernie’s People Back Hillary in November?


Robert Kuttner | The American Prospect | April 20, 2016

In exchange for their support in November, Sanders and his backers could have a lot of influence on the future of Democratic politics.

 

This article originally appeared at The Huffington Post.

It’s fitting that the Democratic presidential nomination will likely be decided in New York, the birthplace of Bernie Sanders and the adopted home of Hillary Clinton.

The polling averages now show Clinton up by about 13 points in Tuesday’s primary.

Sanders has closed gaps like this, but mainly in states that allow independents to vote in party primaries.

In New York, however, only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic presidential primary. So registered members of the Working Families, a potent progressive force in New York, will not be able to cast votes for Sanders. Not will young people who got energized in the past few weeks but neglected to register as Democrats.

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