What to Watch For in New York

Young people have been an important part of his momentum from the start of the primaries.
Karin Agness

by Karin Agness, Spring 2016 Fellow

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is on a winning streak. He has won the last seven Democratic contests—Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Young people have been an important part of his momentum from the start of the primaries.

According to entrance polling in Iowa, for example, the Vermont Senator earned 84% of the young people ages 17 to 29 in the Iowa Caucus. In Wisconsin, Sanders won 82% of voters ages 18 to 29. The choice of these young voters obviously matters in the individual state contests, but it also matters because of the impact their support could have on the November election. As long as Sanders continues to attract voters and stays in the race, then Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is forced to devote valuable resources to the primary.

But it is not just young people who are “feeling the Bern.”

Clinton is running a historic race as she could become our first female president and her campaign isn’t afraid to remind people of that. In New Hampshire, for example, surrogate Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright reminded young women, “there’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” Sanders won 55% of women in New Hampshire. In Wisconsin, Sanders won 50% of women voters who made up 57% of voters.

Sanders isn’t expected to win the New York primary tonight, but I will be watching to see how he does with young voters and women as this could impact the larger race.