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Response to Funtatlaguy (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 7, 2016, 09:07 AM

4. BUt that's because of Donald Trump

that Bernie is not winning those voters

Michigan has an open primary, unlike some other states, which means Trump could be netting some independent and Democratic votes. What I think is really hurting Sanders is Trump's somewhat moderate economic agenda (served with the potent cocktail of anger and racial resentment). That's keeping disaffected Republican voters from crossing over.

Unlike other GOP candidates, Trump talks about issues working-class Michigan voters care about. He rails against companies like Ford building plants overseas and vows to force the jobs back when he's president. It'll never happen, of course, but it's music to the ears of folks who have been left behind in the new economy.

Trump's bigoted anti-immigrant platform also plays into people's economic fears. All the good jobs are gone and he gives voters someone to blame. And in contrast to other Republicans, Trump isn't interested in slashing Medicare and Social Security benefits that millions of people depend on.

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