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He has universal name recognition, a die-hard loyal following, and widely popular policy proposals (at least within the Democratic Party), so why is Bernie continuously polling a distant third in every major national poll for the past number of months?
I have a rather strong personal opinion about Bernie, but I'm going to try to lay that to rest for this thread and focus more on why I think the electorate has moved on from him even if they are favorable to many of his proposals. For starters - 2020 is the exact opposite of 2016. Where 2016 brought us one major candidate with no major rivals until Bernie stepped to the plate, 2020 is anything but. You can call the Democratic Primary many things this year, but lacking a variety of candidates isn't one of them. Not just that, but where 2016 was largely a race of one centrist versus one populist, 2020 is a race of multiple centrists (to varying degrees) versus multiple populists (to varying degrees). Voters now have more options than Hillary or Bernie and that doesn't bode well for him, especially due to the fact that Democratic delegates are awarded proportionally in each state.
I've never been a betting man, but I have a strong feeling that Bernie's time has passed and that we will eventually see a two person race between Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren. In many ways it will be similar to 2016 with a centrist and progressive going toe-to-toe, but in others it will be quite different. Either way, I have a strong feeling that Bernie's ship has sailed.
What do you think? Am I woefully underestimating the level of support Bernie has in this country or do you agree that Bernie's time has come and gone?