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Thu Apr 14, 2016, 06:52 PM


Sanders Trails Clinton for Different Reasons Than He Claims [View all]

The Democratic candidate cites "conservative" Southern states that vote early as the reason he's trailing.

Bernie Sanders has a problem with the Democratic primary process.

On Comedy Central's "Nightly Show," the Democratic presidential candidate complained that southern states vote early in the calendar, suggesting it as a reason he trails Hillary Clinton in the primary.

"People say, 'Why does Iowa go first, why does New Hampshire go first,' but I think that having so many Southern states go first kind of distorts reality as well," Sanders told Larry Wilmore after he was asked Wednesday if the primary system is rigged. "We started off this campaign having to run in the Deep South," he said. "We didn't do all that well—it's a conservative part of our country. But since we've been out of the South, we're doing pretty well."

It has become a recurring talking point for Sanders. After winning Utah in late March, Sanders told supporters, "We knew from day one that we were going to have, politically, a hard time in the Deep South. That is a conservative part of our country. But we knew things were going to improve as we headed west."

Large victories—first in South Carolina on Feb. 27, then in Texas, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia on March 1—have helped propel Clinton to a lead of about 250 pledged delegates, according to an Associated Press count.
But does Sanders' argument hold up?


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