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Democrats can't lose focus on battleground states

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26.02.2020


By John L. Micek

After a commanding performance in Nevada last weekend, the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination sure does seem to be swinging Bernie Sanders' way.

With South Carolina and Super Tuesday now beckoning, there's also a chance for the independent senator from Vermont to further consolidate those gains.

But some recent polling data suggests that both he and the Democratic primary pack still have a hill to climb in the three battleground states that will more than likely determine the election.

The good news is Sanders topped his rivals in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, according to a recent University of Wisconsin poll.

But the poll also shows the general election contest between President Donald Trump and the top-tier Democratic contenders ― including Sanders ― all within the margin of error.

Trump carried Pennsylvania by a scant 44,000 votes in 2016, or less than a percentage point, by converting working class Democrats and former Obama voters in the blue-collar southwestern and northeastern section of the state.

And if you've been to Trump rallies in those parts of the state in the intervening three........

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