Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Sen. Bernie Sanders narrowly eeked out a win in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night, winning by just over 1 percent of the vote as former South Bend, Ind. mayor Pete Buttigieg came in at a close second.

This is the second win for Sanders, coming on the heels of the dramatic and extremely tight race in the Iowa caucus.  Sen. Amy Klobuchar came in a respectable third, which has been largely attributed to her strong performance in the last debate.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren was fourth and former Vice President Joe Biden fifth.

Slowly but surely, the field of Democratic party contenders is narrowing as tech guru Andrew Yang dropping out just after Tuesday’s primary.  Earlier, when he didn’t garner enough votes in the Iowa caucuses to be viable, he urged his supporters to support Sanders.

This is one of the most exciting and important elections of our lifetime and while all the candidates claim to be the best candidate to defeat President Donald Trump, only Sanders has the polls to back it up.

“If you believe in saving democracy, the courts and the planet, and reversing the unrepentant cruelty, corruption and carelessness that define the current administration, you have a duty to at least consider the candidacy of the most popular senator in America, the top fundraiser in the Democratic primaries, and the man who has generally beaten Trump in head-to-head polls for five years now,” said Jason Sattler, opinion columnist for USA Today.

Even Trump himself has indicated that he views Sanders as the most formidable opponent, telling reporters at the White House, “Frankly, I’d rather run against Bloomberg than Bernie Sanders, because Sanders has real followers, whether you like him or not, whether you agree with him or not.  I happen to think it’s terrible what he says.  But he has followers.  Bloomberg’s just buying his way in.”

With California’s voting day moved up by three months to join 11 other states on Super Tuesday, March 3, California now has an opportunity to play a major role in deciding which candidate secures the nomination. Now is the time to make sure you are registered to vote and to help get out the vote in support of whichever candidate speaks to the issues you care about most.

If you are registering online or by mail the deadline is Feb. 18.  If you miss the deadline a new California law will allow you to register to vote after that, including on election day, at a county elections office, neighborhood polling place or community vote center.  The fastest way to register to vote in California is to go Vote.org where you can register online quickly.

After enduring more than three years under the Trump regime, millions of Americans have joined volunteer efforts to ensure that the Democratic nominee is someone that the public actually wants this time around. Many learned a hard lesson from 2016, put best by a Sanders meme that circulated the Internet which simply stated, Hindsight is 2020.

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