He took every county in Michigan, where Sanders upset Hillary Clinton in 2016, and did the same in Florida, where Sanders’ affinity for leftist Latin American governments alienated Cuban and Venezuelan Americans.
Early on, Sanders benefited from a crowded field while rarely achieving more than 25% of the vote — eclipsing 37% just three times. He brought in more first-time voters, but didn’t broaden Democratic outreach as promised.
While Sanders’ promoted his single-payer, “Medicare-for-All” plan, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found most Democrats and left-leaning independents preferred building on Obamacare.
His increasingly bombastic tone cost him support among the self-proclaimed “very liberal” in Florida. After winning in Nevada, he had tweeted, “I’ve got news for the Republican establishment. I’ve got news for the Democratic establishment. They can’t stop us.” In California, he mocked opponents as “trembling” and “crying.”
He bashed the “corporate media,” including left-leaning MSNBC, and the entire health care industry, not just insurance.
Still, Sanders raised $191 million from 10 million donors. Biden can’t ignore that, but he immediately pivoted to talks with Warren instead, announcing support for her plan to overhaul the consumer bankruptcy system while proposing public colleges be tuition-free for students from families with incomes up to $125,000.