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Tue Apr 19, 2016, 12:14 PM

Mother Jones' Bernie Sanders' Secret Weapon in New York

Apologies if this has already been posted but I didn't see it. This is important and unique to NY politics.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/04/bernie-sanders-has-secret-weapon-new-york

As Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton battle for a win in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary in New York, Clinton's home state advantage has given her an edge in the polls, but Sanders has a secret weapon.

It's called the Working Families Party, a progressive party backed by labor unions and community activists whose New York chapter has gone all-in for Sanders. The party is known across the state and particularly in New York City for its impressive get-out-the-vote efforts. If Sanders tops Clinton in her home state or even beats expectations and comes close, he will have the WFP to thank.

In New York, where the party was founded in 1998, it has become a major presence. Third parties enjoy substantial influence in the Empire State due to fusion voting, which lets candidates appear on the ballot for multiple parties. At times, the WFP runs its own candidates; at others, it backs progressive Democrats in primary races. In Tuesday's Democratic primary, only registered Democrats, not the small number of progressives registered with the WFP, can vote for the Democratic nominee. The party's biggest successes have come in New York City, where WFP-backed candidates hold substantial power, including Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

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For months, the party has been engaged in voter outreach on Sanders' behalf—knocking on doors, phone banking, talking to local leaders, and helping Sanders draw local endorsements. Bill Lipton, the WFP's New York state director, says the party has been able to use the momentum behind Sanders to recruit thousands of volunteers. The WFP recently helped the campaign draw 1,500 supporters to a rally in Brooklyn, where it was able to recruit hundreds of volunteers. "Like 600 or 700 of them, two hours later they were out door knocking with canvass sheets," says Lipton.

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thereismore Apr 2016 #1
EdwardBernays Apr 2016 #3
Depaysement Apr 2016 #4
thereismore Apr 2016 #5
EdwardBernays Apr 2016 #2
jillan Apr 2016 #6
Depaysement Apr 2016 #10
Duval Apr 2016 #7
leftcoastmountains Apr 2016 #8
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Response to Depaysement (Original post)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 12:22 PM

1. Yes, the WFP endorsed early and worked for the good Senator. WFP also endorsed Teachout who

gave the establishment a big run for their money. WFP really is unique to NYS and is very significant.

I will be happy if Bernie gets to within 2% or better. A win would be out of this world.

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Response to thereismore (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 12:31 PM

3. I'd be thrilled

with 5% or less... a win would shock the system

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Response to thereismore (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 12:36 PM

4. Z is running downticket in NY 19

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I have contributed twice. I'm hoping she wins.

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Response to Depaysement (Reply #4)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 12:57 PM

5. I didn't know, good on her!

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Response to Depaysement (Original post)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 12:30 PM

2. cmoncmoncmon

fingers x'd

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Response to Depaysement (Original post)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 12:59 PM

6. Feeling very nervous today. Expecting the worst, hoping for the best.

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Response to jillan (Reply #6)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 05:10 PM

10. Yesterday, I was expecting a 6 point loss

Today I don't know. I was pretty upbeat because my precinct looked different than even two years ago.

The Williamsburg story is not so relevant. Williamsburg is hispanic and orthodox as well as "hipster." The hipsters have been leaving the area in droves because of rising rents, replaced by more upscale people. Many have moved to Bushwick and PLG and East NY.

There is also a lot of time left to vote.

Let's see the results in a few hours.

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Response to Depaysement (Original post)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 01:25 PM

7. Wishing and hoping here! nt

 

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Response to Depaysement (Original post)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 03:36 PM

8. Good to know!

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Response to Depaysement (Original post)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 04:46 PM

9. Double jillan's thoughts--kinda

Seen some encouraging things-like this to give me hope he will get this. Lots of newly registered voters, union support, 3 million phone calls into NY (yes 3 million!), large numbers of people canvassing. But I digress. Keeping positive thoughts-cautiously.

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