Earlier in the week CNN’s Chris Cillizza ran a column, “Bernie and the Five Dwarves” where he cited the results of the most recent polls, which showed Bernie Sanders with twice the support of any of the other candidates. Cillizza made the comment that national polls aren’t necessarily the best indicators of how people in a given state will vote. But considering that Bernie just walked away with the Nevada caucus, it would appear that prologue is prophecy. Here’s what else Cillizza said. CNN:
Sanders stands alone at 28% — almost double the support of his next closest challengers: former Vice President Joe Biden (16%), former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (15%) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (13%). Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is at 10% and Minnesota’s Sen. Amy Klobuchar is at 7%. […]
But the results in Iowa and New Hampshire only lend more credibility to Sanders’ status as a clear first among sort-of equals. He led the Iowa popular vote while apparently losing the delegate count by a fingernail. He won the New Hampshire primary. And polling in the lead-up to Saturday’s Nevada caucuses suggests he’s the likely winner there too.
Michael R. Bloomberg was not on the ballot in Nevada. But his campaign was quick to weigh in on the victory of Bernie Sanders, saying it would spell doom for the Democratic Party in November.
In a statement, Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign manager, Kevin Sheekey, blamed a “fragmented field” of candidates for putting the Vermont senator on the path to the nomination. Implicit within those words was what appeared to be a warning shot to the other Democrats who remain in the race but are struggling to break through as the Sanders alternative: Drop out or Mr. Sanders will win.
“This is a candidate who just declared war on the so-called ‘Democratic Establishment,’” Mr. Sheekey added. “We are going to need Independents AND Republicans to defeat Trump — attacking your own party is no way to get started.”