That's easy. Bernie ran and Hillary lost.Take Pennsylvania for example
PA Election results in thousands
l Primary General Election Bernie Hillary Trump Hillary Stein Electoral
20 732 935 2912 2844 48
Clearly some number of Bernie's primary voters switched to Trump in the general.And to Stein or other minor candidates. We've heard them or read about them.
And some stayed home. In some cases due to their disappointment because of the primary loss itself- If it hadn't been for that they'd have
voted for Hill. In particular some college students decided not to bother.
Just to scope it let's take that the actual Pennsylvania results and assume those various categories looked something like this
Votes in the actual election ...................... 2912 2844
Change if the Bernie/Hill contest hadn't taken place*
Stein voters who would have voted for Hill + 5 Trump voters who would have voted for Hill ( 15 ) +15 Stay at home voters who abstained because of the primary
o previously pro Hillary turned against her + 20
o potential new voters who decided not to vote + 20
What might have been 2897 2904
Trump HillaryChanging the electoral college from 306 232
to 286 252
*Or insert your own numbers
Now let's talk about Michigan and Wisconsin..........
Am I saying that Bernie shouldn't have run? No.
And absolutely not criticizing his efforts in the General Election.
Just saying that the predictable result of a contested primary is to help the other party. Certainly there are benefits like raising issues etc..And some not so beneficial results in causing some of the losing side to stay home........... and write brilliantly to Dagblog. Causing others to stay home. Or vote for Trump.
We're the ones who failed to do our job of accepting that his loss was
part of the process and our part was to keep our eye on the prize .
Maybe the next time.................................
Sunday -updated to fix the typography FL