BURLINGTON, VT – Presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders hit the caucus trifecta over the weekend, sweeping Democratic caucuses in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.
The Vermont senator dealt a decisive blow to his opponent former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, commanding all three states’ events by wide margin numbers in excess of 70 percent.
“We are making significant inroads in Secretary Clinton’s lead,” Sanders told a crowd of more than 8,000 supporters at the University of Wisconsin. “Our campaign is the campaign of energy, of momentum which will lead to a large voter turnout in November and victory.”
Sanders Saturday wins highlighted a continued campaign momentum that saw the liberal agenda candidate close ranks and take the lead in national polling. The most recent Bloomberg Politics National polling, released Thursday indicated that in head to head battle, Sanders advanced.
Adding Saturday’s victories to those in Idaho and Utah just days before, Sanders vowed to continue on the path to victory, no matter establishment expectations or pundit pessimisms.
“We are on a path toward victory,” Sanders reported to a crowd of more than 8,000 supporters at the University of Wisconsin. “It is hard for anybody to deny that our campaign has the momentum.”
FREE TRADE tops the issues list
As the candidates turn their sights to April primaries in Wisconsin and New York, labor, Wall Street and free trade are sure to be a primary focus.
In Wisconsin, blue collar workers battles with anti-labor Governor Scott Walker is a hot-button issue for Sanders whose platform outright denounces Wall Street’s hold on middle America.
Clinton’s immediate ties to Wall Street and its lobbies, married with her support of her husband, former President Bill Clinton’s 1993 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are leaderboard issues for Wisconsin’s working class who aren’t keen on seeing jobs leaving the country.
Clinton’s latest flip-flop on trade came when heading into primary season, she broke with President Barack Obama on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after touting it as the “gold standard” in trade deals.
Sanders opposed both trade deals as American job-killers.
A native New Yorker, Sanders challenged Clinton to a debate anywhere in the state prior to the primary. Clinton, who moved to New York in order to run, was elected to office twice as a U.S. Senator, serving only one full term. Clinton left office during her second term after losing her presidential primary bid to Pres. Barack Obama and being courted by the President as Secretary of State.
April primaries are scheduled in Wisconsin on April 5 and New York on April 19.