Currently the Democratic frontrunner, Clinton was originally seen as taking the nomination for granted, and didn’t anticipate the revolutionary appetite her opponent is currently satisfying, especially in young Democrats. Still, at the moment, she has more popular votes, delegates, AND superdelegates supporting her. Plus, Kate McKinnon is killing it in her SNL spoofs of her.
Former experience: Senator, Congressman from Vermont; Mayor of Burlington, VT.
Greatest strength: grassroots populist enthusiasm and financial support
Greatest weakness: publicly identifies as a socialist, which in America is still probably not cool
When Obama was first elected, his campaign bubbled with the excitement of a grassroots movement, which drew on the collaborative power of community organizing and the energetic support of youth culture. Despite Clinton’s close working relationship with the current US President, Sanders seems to have captured the energy of Obama’s campaign. Still, he’s in a tricky place in the delegate math: unless he starts winning big in some of the final states, he won’t be able to stop her at the convention (his loss in New York last week was a big blow to his chances). Regardless, his presence in the race has brought Hillary to the left on several key issues. Bonus: his SNL spoofs are courtesy of Larry David.