Category: News Tracking

Why Bernie’s on Shaky Ground: White Men are Leading Him to Victory as he Remains a Tough Sell with Other Voters

Amanda Marcotte, Slate – March 9, 2016

Bernie Sanders’ win over Hillary Clinton in the Michigan Democratic primary on Tuesday was a huge upset. Even though Sanders won by a sliver (meaning he only nets eight delegates over Clinton from the win), Clinton went into the polls with a comfortable 20+ point lead, which evaporated in the voting booth. Sanders clearly did something right, likely hitting Clinton hard with accusations that she’d push for trade policies that export jobs overseas, a salient issue for Michigan voters.

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Clinton Must Make Elizabeth Warren her Vice President

Dana Milbank, Washington Post – March 4, 2016

Though formal deliberations have yet to begin, the notion of a Clinton-Warren dream team has already been contemplated at Clinton’s campaign headquarters in Brooklyn. And there is likely to be more such talk, for several reasons.

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Is Hillary Losing the Women’s Vote? Nope. Here’s How the Gender Gap Really Works.

Barbara Norrander, Washington Post – February 26, 2016

Is a gender gap between women’s and men’s votes helping Hillary Clinton win in the Democratic presidential primaries and caucuses? Media reports on this have misconstrued exactly how the gender gap works.

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Outside Money More Potent Issue than Gender in 2016

Ken Thomas and Emily Swanson, Associated Press – February 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton could be the nation’s first female president. Bernie Sanders warns of the role of super PACs in politics. While the two themes have become a big part of their primary contest, Americans view the issues very differently.

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South Carolina Feminists Want Woman President Who Isn’t Clinton

Esme E. Deprez, Bloomberg Politics, February 25, 2016

As South Carolina prepares for Saturday’s Democratic presidential primary, Clinton’s quandary is how to win over young voters — particularly women — when the enthusiasm she needs in a general election is so linked to support for her 74-year-old white male opponent.

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How Black Women Like Me Reckon With America’s Political Process

Jamilah King, Mic – February 24, 2016

Fast forward to today, and I’m trying to make sense of my own ambivalence to the political process, not just as a journalist who’s trying to cover a national election, but also as a black woman who was taught to think critically about allegiance to my country.

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Democratic Primary Finds Black Feminists Conflicted

Irin Carmon, MSNBC – February 22, 2016

For weeks, Sanders and Clinton and their allies have tussled over who is the genuine progressive, whose policies are more feminist and who can make the most meaningful difference in black Americans’ lives. So far, as the primary has shifted from majority white states to more diverse ones, the feminist mantle and the black vote have been talked about as if they are separate silos. “An emphasis on not only black women, but black feminists, is long overdue,” said Lori Adelman, co-executive director of Feministing. “So often, black women’s support is taken for granted.”

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Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the Tug of War Between Women

Joan C. Williams, Harvard Business Review – February 22, 2016

The media loves a “catfight” (read: any disagreement among women), especially one involving feminists. And the U.S. presidential primary season has given them ample fodder, with women under 35 largely supporting Bernie Sanders and women over 35 largely supporting Hillary Clinton.

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The Single American Woman

Rebecca Traister, New York Magazine – The Cut – February 22, 2016

Single women are also becoming more and more powerful as a voting demographic. In 2012, unmarried women made up a remarkable 23 percent of the electorate. Almost a quarter of votes in the last presidential election were cast by women without spouses, up three points from just four years earlier. According to Page Gardner, founder of the Voter Participation Center, in the 2012 presidential election, unmarried women drove turnout in practically every demographic, making up “almost 40 percent of the African-American population, close to 30 percent of the Latino population, and about a third of all young voters.”

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