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Force for change: Bernie Sanders has overwhelmingly won the support of young and low-income Democratic Party voters [Image: Getty].

Force for change: Bernie Sanders has overwhelmingly won the support of young and low-income Democratic Party voters [Image: Getty].


Is anybody else seeing encouraging parallels between the rise of Bernie Sanders and that of Jeremy Corbyn in the UK?

Both unashamedly describe themselves as “socialist”. Both have won the support and enthusiasm of people on low incomes and young voters, despite being much older men themselves.

Both are challenging the current political and economic consensus.

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In the States, Mr Sanders’ challenge to Hillary Clinton is being taken seriously, with her campaign taking a swing to the left-wing in response – but this shows that all the initiative is on his side.

Here, the Tory-owned press has been slow to accept that Mr Corbyn poses any real challenge, despite the fact that the Conservative Government’s policies have proven to be self-serving foolishness.

It will be interesting, therefore, to observe the progress of the US election campaign.

While Mr Sanders has a huge amount of grassroots support, and it is growing, Ms Clinton has arranged for a large number of delegates to support her at the nominating convention, when the name of the Democratic Presidential candidate will be decided.

She has stronger connections with the Democratic Party establishment, you see – having been the wife of one president, and having held an office in the administration of another.

You may feel that this is an underhand, un-Democratic way to win a nomination, if it succeeds. Also, would the Democrats lose popular support if they name Hillary Clinton over the man who is making all the headway?

More importantly for those of us on the eastern side of the Atlantic, will Jeremy Corbyn’s fortunes echo those of Bernie Sanders – for better or worse?

Bernie Sanders is beating Hillary Clinton in a nationwide opinion poll of likely Democratic primary voters for the first time.

The Fox News survey has Mr Sanders on 47 per cent among likely voters and Ms Clinton trailing three points behind on 44 per cent.

The independent socialist senator from Vermont is up from ten points from 37 per cent in January while the former First Lady and Secretary of State is down five points from 49 per cent a month ago.

The poll is by definition an outlier – but suggests a closing gap between the two candidates in the race.

Ms Clinton’s overall lead in news network CNN’s polling average has narrowed to just six points.

Mr Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, has ridden a wave of support from young and low income people to run the Demoratic establishment candidate favourite close.

Source: Bernie Sanders beating Hillary Clinton in Democratic Primary poll for the first time ever | UK Politics | News | The Independent

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