The race for the nomination ticket of the Democratic party in the 2016 election just got tougher and competitive. The Democratic struggle is between former Secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The recent Quinnipiac poll has Sanders leading Clinton and Trump. In two districts once believed to be Hillary Clinton strongholds, the state senators from Harlem and Queens — Bill Perkins and James Sanders Jr. — will endorse Bernie Sanders instead, according to the Daily News. The endorsements of local politicians, who often have the best ground operations, grassroot connections and better intimacy with actual voters, are highly coveted in a race like this.
Sanders is taking the battle to the Clintons
Harlem, maybe above anywhere else, has been considered not only as a Hillary Clinton stronghold, but as a Clinton family stronghold. After his presidency, Harlem is where Bill Clinton opened up his first office and called his home base for years. Whether you see what happened next as revitalization or gentrification, his presence had a significant impact on Harlem.
Hillary Clinton’s greatest firewall in her bid to win the democratic nomination for President is her overwhelming brand recognition and support in the African-American community, but many progressive black and Latino leaders are beginning to give endorsemen and lean toward Bernie as the first primaries in 2016 draws near.
Sanders on a plane hashtag goes viral
Bernie Sanders is out to prove he’s a first-class candidate — by flying coach. The Democratic candidate known for his utterances against the top 1% is even against sitting with them on flights, opting for the cheaper option and flying coach. Supporters who have spotted Sanders on a flight have been snapping photos of the Vermont senator, sharing those pictures on social media with the hashtag #SandersOnaPlane.
The hashtag comes from a post out of the Florida for Bernie Sanders 2016 Facebook group, which received more than 13,000 shares and 8,400 likes. “Bernie Sanders flies coach. He respects the money you give him enough to spend it wisely,” “This more than anything shows he is just an ordinary guy that anyone can relate to.”