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Why Bernie Sanders Will Win in 2020, No Matter Who Gets Elected

| Apr. 28, 2020

Do you know who is going to win the 2020 U.S. Presidential election? I do. Granted, Donald Trump and the GOP will go to nearly any lengths to eke out a victory, and we can't rule out a Trumpian attempt to rig or postpone the election if it becomes clear he's going to lose. We also know that the Democratic Party sometimes finds creative ways to lose electoral contests that it ought to win easily. So I can't be sure the election will go off on schedule or tell you who will get the most votes in the Electoral College. But none of that really matters.

The winner in November will be Bernie Sanders.

To be clear: I was never a Sanders supporter and I still don't think he would have been a particularly effective president. But for a variety of reasons — most notably the COVID-19 pandemic — it is his agenda that will carry the day from January 2021 forward, even if Trump gets the second term he manifestly does not deserve....

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Walt, Stephen M."Why Bernie Sanders Will Win in 2020, No Matter Who Gets Elected." Responsible Statecraft, April 28, 2020.

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Stephen Walt