Bernie Sanders’ win in West Virginia shows why a Trump presidency is possible

Bernie Sanders’ win in West Virginia shows why a Trump presidency is possible, by Tom Goodenough.

Just when it looked like the US primaries couldn’t throw up any more surprises, Hillary Clinton has been defeated overnight in West Virginia. Bernie Sanders took 51.4 per cent of the vote to Hillary’s 36 per cent – handing the Vermont senator an extra 16 delegates. …

Clinton versus Trump:

[Trump] has also branded her ‘Crooked Hillary’ in the type of moniker which could easily stick and prove hugely damaging in voters’ minds in the long election campaign ahead. …

All this is playing out as a poll out this morning shows that Trump is closing in on Clinton. The figures indicate that in the event of a Trump vs Clinton battle for the White House, the two candidates would be neck-and-neck in the three key states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. …

And perhaps more worryingly, in a head-to-head polling question which pitted Clinton and Sanders against Trump in Florida and Pennsylvania, Sanders significantly outperformed Clinton. Although it might be tempting to think there’s no way Trump will win the White House, while the Democrat party remain divided, the Donald’s chances of doing just that remain alive.

hat-tip Stephen Neil