On Tuesday March 8th, 2016, Bernie Sanders' win in Michigan gave an unexpected blow to Hillary Clinton's self assured coronation to become the Democratic nominee for the 2016 US Presidential elections. When Hillary Clinton showed up on Wednesday, that aura of invincibility appeared to be gone. As the reality of her loss was sinking in, it appeared, based on his supporters dispatched across the US media, that Bernie Sanders had, not only shown his political revolution
was well alive, but also a sound strategy to win two important Midwestern states: Ohio and illinois. The two states will vote on Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
The battle or Ohio and Illinois started immediately on March 8th and was clarified on a following debate on March 9th when Bernie Sanders, during a debate sponsored by the Hispanic television Univision, hit hard on Hillary Clinton's 1990's views on foreign trade, banking, welfare, crime bills, and oil digging. These issues have deeply and negatively impacted Americans, especially the middle class and minorities, with millions of manufacturing jobs vanishing, millions of people being in jails for petty crimes, and young people being heavily in debts with student loans.
During the debate, despite the constant interruptions uttered by Univision moderators telling him that "Your time is up, senator!, "Bernie Sanders appeared to soar, flying on his long standing stance against the establishment and for the blue-collar, middle class, and young people. Hillary Clinton appeared out of momentum, often endorsing or trying to own Bernie Sanders positions when faced with tough questions.
However, the March 15th democratic primary elections will likely determine whether Bernie Sanders could be heading towards democratic nomination or face an daunting task ahead of him: the battle victory could likely be a war victory. Ohio, Illinois, Florida, North Carolina, and Missouri will be voting. If Bernie Sanders does not win big, Hillary Clinton, already leading in the number of delegates will most likely inching closer to victory. So, if Hillary Clinton needs to win, Bernie Sanders must win big. Otherwise, he will have a tough road ahead.
Bernie Sanders' "political revolution" has already won. Even Hillary Clinton has been trying to own Bernie Sanders' political revolution ideas about the top 1% richest people owning America, the broken democratic electoral process dominated by super PACs, the devastating criminal justice system, and the job-killing trade agreements. Bernie Sanders's "Political Revolution" has ceased to evoke fear and, instead, has entered main stream american politics.
From that front, Bernie Sanders has won. But if he want the "political revolution" to be implemented and live on, he must win Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, North-Carolina and Florida, or most of these states and win big. If not, his chances will seriously diminished. It won't be an impossible task, but it will be a daunting marathon. If Bernie Sanders loses in Ohio, Illinois, and Florida, his only remaining chances are that the Southern states, that have so far favored Hillary Clinton, will be behind him.