Bernie Sanders may have run one of the best campaigns anyone has ever seen. He did one thing that no other candidate, Democrat or Republican, could do. He got the millennials heavily involved, but at the same time that was also his biggest downfall. Sanders may have succeeded in getting millennial voters involved, but he failed miserably at getting middle age and older voters involved. In key states like Florida, Bernie Sanders received around 64% of the vote from ages 18-29. However, he only received 26% of the vote from ages 45-64 (the largest group of voters).
Data from the primaries all share a similar message: Sanders does not have much reach past millennial voters. The reason that millennials love Sanders so much is because most of them do not have decently paying jobs, and do not understand the effects that his economic policies would have on their paychecks. Yes, I am sure that everyone wants free college with the soaring cost of tuition, but fiscally it is not possible and would be a disaster economically.
Oddly enough, even though millennials have a favorable view regarding socialism, most don’t understand the actual definition of it. 52% of people under the age of 30 have a positive view of Socialism. On top of that, 32% of millennial voters favor “an economy managed by the government”. I’ll let you make your own judgement of that one.
Even though it was clear from the start that Sanders was not doing well with middle age to older people, Sanders never made an attempt to gain those voters. In fact, in Kentucky, a state Sanders lost by just 1,924 votes, Sanders decided not to spend $300,ooo in TV advertisements in order to match Clinton. Instead, the Sanders campaign chose to spend more time on “data and field”, which tends to appeal to millennials more. This was a move that would have given him more exposure and ultimately lost him the state.
Another problem with Sanders staying in the race, is that he simply does not have the math to back him up. At this point, Sanders strategy is to convince the Democratic super delegates at the convention to switch their vote to him. If Sanders wants to get the nomination that way, he would have to convince close to 90% of Clinton super delegates. Considering that 400 super-delegates were supporters of Hillary Clinton, this will be a near impossible mission for Senator Sanders to complete.