Magazine February 5, 2018, Issue

The Berniecrats Regroup

(Scott Morgan/Reuters)
And look to 2020

More than 13 million Americans voted for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries. And while the Vermont senator didn’t win the nomination, he walked away with a considerable consolation prize: a dedicated army of grassroots supporters that could be a potent force in Democratic politics for years to come.

As the 2018 midterm-election cycle heats up, the effort to transform that army into a force is advancing in fits and starts. It has been more effective at influencing the party rules than at sweeping its preferred candidates into office.

“It’s a little like the Howard Dean movement on steroids,” says …

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