Democrats want Sanders to play major role in party’s future

Most Democrats agree that Sanders should play a part in shaping the party’s positions, while many think Clinton should make him his running mate.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll taken last week shows that a majority of Democrats believe Sanders has an important job to do in determining the future of the Democratic Party, perhaps as Clinton’s VP pick.

More than three quarters of Democrats say they believe Sanders should have a “major role” in writing the party platform, and nearly two thirds think he should run on a ticket with Secretary Clinton.

About 44 percent of respondents said they believe Sanders should make an independent bid for the White House, while some 47 percent were against the idea.

The poll also found that two thirds of Democrats believe Sanders should endorse Secretary Clinton.

Sanders projected to win North Dakota

Bernie Sanders will win the North Dakota Democratic presidential caucuses in a landslide.

AP and CNN have called the race in the Peace Garden State, where he currently leads Hillary Clinton by almost forty points at the time of writing, with almost 60 percent reporting.

The win is Sanders’ first of the night, with results from California and Montana’s primaries yet to come in. The races in New Mexico and South Dakota are both currently too close to make a projection.

You can follow the results of today’s contests as they come in here.

Sanders ridicules media’s ‘rush to judgment’

Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has condemned the media for rushing to call the Democratic presidential primary for Hillary Clinton.

The Associated Press on Monday declared Hillary Clinton the winner of the Democratic primary, based on the number of superdelegates who have expressed their support for her candidacy.

These superdelegates will vote for a Democratic nominee at the convention in July. The AP’s primary projection is merely a prediction.

In response to rampant media coverage of the headline, Bernie Sanders issued a statement saying that it was unfortunate for the media to rush to conclusions too early.

“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer,” the Vermont Senator said.

“Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25and who can change their minds between now and then.”

“They include more than 400 superdelegates who endorsed Secretary Clinton 10 months before the first caucuses and primaries and long before any other candidate was in the race,” he said.

Sanders added that his campaign will be convincing superdelegates that he is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in the general election in November, a claim that is consistenly backed by polling.

Live results: Super Tuesday primaries

Democrats in six states will today vote for a Democratic presidential nominee, with a whopping 694 delegates up for grabs. Follow the results live.

In California, millions are expected to participate in the state’s presidential primary. Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and the Dakotas will also head to the polls today, leaving just Washington, DC to vote next week.

Polls have shown the race in California to be a dead heat, with Sanders and Clinton in a statistical tie. Sanders is expected to do well in the smaller states, while polls show Clinton will win New Jersey.

Follow the results of today’s Democratic primaries below, which will automatically update in realtime as results come in.

Live Results


Sanders: You can’t praise Ali and disparage Muslims

On Saturday, the Democratic presidential candidate praised the boxing legend, and condemned prejudice against Muslims in the United States.

“Don’t tell me how much you love Muhammad Ali and yet you’re going to be prejudiced against Muslims in this country,” Sanders said in a press conference in Los Angeles.

Sanders also praised Ali for standing by his ideals, describing the boxing legend as having “incredible courage.”

“The reason that Ali struck a chord in the heart of so many Americans was not just his great boxing skill, it was his incredible courage,” he said.

“At a time when it was not popular to do so, Ali stood up and said, ‘I am opposed to the war in Vietnam and I’m not going to fight in that war.'”

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has come under fire for calling Ali a “truly great champion” in a Twitter post on Saturday, when last year he suggested America did not have any Muslim sporting heroes.

Muhammad Ali strongly condemned Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims entering the United States late last year. In a statement, Ali said, “We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda.”

Sanders leads Clinton in California

A new poll released Thursday night, just days before the state’s primary, shows Bernie Sanders with the upper hand in California.

The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles poll shows Sanders leading Democratic primary opponent Hillary Clinton by one point, a sign he is building up his support in the Golden State.

Sanders’ one point lead is within the margin of error.

Among voters under 50, Senator Sanders holds a dominating 27-point advantage over Secretary Clinton, who leads Sanders in the over 50 bracket.

82 percent of voters under 30 said they held a positive view of Sanders.

California’s primary rules mean that independent voters, who are not registered Democrats are able to participate. This is expected to benefit Sanders, who generally performs best with independents.

Voters in California will head to the polls on Tuesday.

Sanders applauds Obama over social security

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has praised President Obama’s support for expanding social security, by asking wealthier Americans to contribute more.

“I applaud President Obama for making it clear that it is time to expand Social Security benefits,” Senator Sanders said.

“Millions of seniors, disabled veterans and people with disabilities are falling further and further behind on $10,000 or $11,000 a year Social Security,” he added.

Sanders also called on his Democratic primary opponent Hillary Clinton to back legislation, supported by many leading Democrats, to strengthen the retirement program.

“Our legislation is supported by millions of senior citizens organizations,” Sanders said.