In my last blog post, I attempted to analyze the full implications of Ted Cruz’s win in the Iowa caucus for 2016 Presidential elections. After my blog post was published, I got comments from my friends who belong to the Democratic Party, urging me to give them a similar analysis (that is, with respect to the performance of Democratic Party’s candidates in the caucus). And that is what I will be attempting to do in today’s blog post. My focus in this case won’t, however, be on the winner (Hillary Clinton), but rather, on the runners up: Bernie Sanders. I choose to focus on Bernie Sanders because his performance in the Iowa caucus went beyond what many people had expected. And that has made for an interesting story, if the coverage by mainstream news media outlets is anything to go by.
It is important to start by mentioning that Bernie Sanders lost the Iowa caucus by less than 1 percent. The actual figures were 49.9% for Hillary and 49.6% for Bernie Sanders. Therefore, we will be accurate in saying that Bernie Sanders ‘almost’ won the Iowa caucus.
The implication of Bernie Sanders strong showing in Iowa is this: that the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination process is likely to be an interesting one. It is likely to be a very close race: one that could, in the final analysis, go either way – with either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders ending up being the Democratic Party’s candidate. And unlike the case for the Republican Party, where there seems to be 3 strong contenders (Cruz, Trump and Rubio), in the case of the Democratic Party, there are only 2 strong contenders (Hillary and Sanders).
Bernie Sanders strong showing tells us that it is possible to start out as an underdog, and eventually find your way to the top of the league. We all recall how much of an underdog Bernie Sanders was seen as when he initially announced that he was running for President. The fact that he has turned out to be a strong contender is indeed remarkable. We can only wait to see how things will pan out in the rest of the states.