Bernie Sanders And The Math Problem

Here are some interesting numbers to think about when talking about the Democratic race for the Presidency. U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders​ has won the last seven primaries or caucuses. That’s an undisputed fact, but we need to look deeper when talking about those wins. Let me give you the numbers.

Of those seven states, including Idaho Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming, there is a combined total population of roughly 20,140,885. Sanders received a combined total of 691,194 votes between caucuses and primaries.

The state of Florida voted for their choice on March 15. The total population of the state of Florida is roughly 19,890,000. Hillary Clinton received 1,104,414 votes in the state of Florida alone.

People ask how Bernie Sanders​ can be down by delegates after such a massive set of wins back to back. The numbers explain exactly why he will not win the nomination. He received fewer votes in the last seven states combined than those who voted for Hillary Clinton​ in the state of Florida alone.

The reason Bernie Sanders can win a series of states and still stay behind is simple. He wins states with lower populations that do not compare to just one state when you look at the amount of people who voted for Hillary Clinton. With states such as New York with a total population of 19,750,000 and California at 38,800,000, Sanders will need to win at least 65% in each state in order to even come close to catching Clinton. These are the facts, no matter how bad you want your candidate to win. Please stop telling us that the system is rigged against your candidate when the numbers are right in front of your face. We don’t give the nomination to the person who wins the most states, we give the nomination to the person who gets the most votes and the majority of delegates.