The Lid: Dem Divide Could be Problem Well After Primaries Finish

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders wave to his supporters following a campaign rally at the Lexington Convention Center, Wednesday, May 4, 2016, in Lexington Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)Timothy D. Easley / AP

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By Carrie Dann

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Tonight’s Democratic primary contests are a good reminder that, as we wrote yesterday, Hillary Clinton is still wedged between a not-entirely-resolved primary contest and the general election. And the role of Bernie Sanders feels a lot more intense today after he defiantly responded to party condemnation of his supporters’ behavior on Saturday at Nevada Democratic convention. Sanders said he condemns “any and all forms of violence” but faulted party officials for the chaotic confrontations, saying ‘“It is imperative that the Democratic leadership, both nationally and in the states, understand that the political world is changing and that millions of Americans are outraged at establishment politics and establishment economics.”

That certainly doesn’t feel like a big step towards unity. And here’s why unity matters for the Democratic Party. Our newest NBC News |SurveyMonkey poll, which showed a tightening general election matchup between Clinton and Trump. The good news for Clinton is that she could benefit from a boost after clinching the nomination. Consider this: At the end of April 2008, when Clinton was still in the Democratic race and racking up wins despite trailing Obama’s delegate count , Barack Obama only led John McCain in a hypothetical matchup 46 percent to 43 percent. By July, when Obama had secured the nod, he led McCain 47 percent to 41 percent.

But in 2008, Clinton, despite a rancorous and angry primary season, called for unity behind Barack Obama and said in her concession speech “the Democratic Party is a family.” In the absence of language like that from Sanders, it’s harder for Clinton to count on the polling bounce she helped give Obama eight years ago.



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