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Bernie is Going on an October Tour of Red and Purple States. Will He Help or Hurt?

Sanders, the liberal firebrand, is helping U.S. Senate candidates in Wisconsin and Nevada, and gubernatorial candidates in Arizona, Colorado, and Michigan. Three of those five states went for Trump in 2016, and the other two were close.

By NTK Staff | 10.09.2018 @4:00pm
Bernie is Going on an October Tour of Red and Purple States. Will He Help or Hurt?

Washington, D.C. – and the crowd of political observers watching the state of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary – were abuzz Tuesday over the news that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will tour battleground states in October supporting downballot 2018 candidates across the country.

Sanders will campaign for candidates in at least five statewide races:

  • Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), who’s running for U.S. Senate in Nevada
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), who’s running for reelection to U.S. Senate in Wisconsin
  • Gretchen Whitmer, who’s running for governor of Michigan
  • David Garcia, who’s running for governor of Arizona
  • Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), who’s running for governor of Colorado

It’s unclear what effect, if any, the liberal firebrand senator will have on these races. But it’s worth pointing out that President Trump – who Sanders may face in a 2020 presidential contest – won three of the five states where Sanders is campaigning for statewide candidates. The two states Trump lost were close.

  • Nevada: Clinton won by 4.9 percentage points
  • Wisconsin: Trump won by 0.7 percentage points
  • Michigan: Trump won by 0.3 percentage points
  • Arizona: Trump won by 1.5 percentage points
  • Colorado: Clinton won by 2.4 percentage points

It’s unclear whether these states, which either narrowly elected Trump or narrowly elected Clinton, are hungry for an aggressive move to the political left. Sanders will test that equation over the next month, though.

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