There are all sorts of takeaways from the election yesterday, but one of them is the most poignant and that is, Bernie was Right. I doubt you’ll hear about this on the news, but it was Bernie who said the goal of Democrats is to be competitive everywhere. And to compete everywhere. When you put up boring candidates who bring up time after time that we can’t compete everywhere, that we can’t have healthcare for everybody, you destroy much of the enthusiasm of being a Democrat. Of course, it’s easy to consider competing when the Republicans put up a deviant candidate. But it also means that in the right situation every place is up for contention. Even in the areas the Republicans feel is their own.
“Michigan showed that victory wasn’t a fluke. He worked the state hard, holding a town meeting in Flint, where a water contamination crisis threatens to unseat the state’s Republican governor. And he attempted to burnish his credentials among minorities, emphasizing the support he has garnered from black celebrities such as film director Spike Lee and rapper Killer Mike, and focusing on inequities in the criminal justice system, which disproportionately jails blacks, Latinos and Native Americans.
Sanders prevailed in Michigan despite stumbling somewhat in the debate in Flint on Sunday night. Asked about what racial blind spots he has, Sanders said: “When you’re white, you don’t know what it’s like to be living in a ghetto, you don’t know what it’s like to be poor.” The ghetto comment sparked an online backlash, with many noting that not all black people live in ghettos, while the poverty comment was seen as ignoring widespread economic pain among the white working class.” https://www.jta.org/2016/03/09/news-opinion/politics/with-michigan-upset-bernie-sanders-shows-he-can-compete-in-big-state-primaries
You have to work hard, really show the people their concerns are yours, to have a chance.