Angry Bernie Supporters Storm Out of Caucus: It's a 'Joke'
Sanders ends up in a five-way tie with other candidates despite having double the support
Supporters of socialist candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday stormed out of a Democratic caucus, calling it a"joke" and a "waste of time" after beggining with double the support of any other presidential candidate, then ending up in a five-way tie with other candidates.
There are currently multiple stages of voting under the complicated caucus system.
Firstly, there is a vote that determines initial support.
After that, candidates with 15% of the vote are only considered viable.
But those voters who didn't initially choose a viable candidate are permitted to migrate to another candidate.
Then after the final numbers are counted, they are translated to delegate equivalents, which supposedly defines the number of supporters each campaign gets to send to the state, and ultimately, national conventions.
Following the initial vote at the First Presbyterian Church, just Sanders and Pete Buttigieg reached viability threshold of 13.
However, on the second vote, Joe Biden's support grew to as high as 16.
The Biden's spare votes were then siphoned off to Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar by his representatives.
All three just met the viability threshold as a result.
- Sanders ended up with 37% support in the room.
- Buttigieg got17%.
- And three other campaigns each had just cleared 15%.
Since there were only five delegates to be awarded in this caucus location, each of the five campaigns ended up with one delegate apiece, despite Sanders winning by 20 points.
Anger unsurprisingly erupted once the results were announced.
One Sanders supporter declared: "This is a joke. A waste of time. This makes no sense, absolutely no sense."
One Bernie supporter stormed out of the room.
Other supporters said, "This is the first one I've ever been to, and I'll never come to another one."
Lindsey Buthler complained:
"I'm super unimpressed with this process. We had 32 people out of 86, and everybody split up purposely to take our delegates away from us. ... This process is not a viable process because my voice did not get heard."
She added, "We should go to a primary."
Another Sanders supporter, Vicki Bennett, said:
"This is the reason people don't come to caucus. They feel like it's a wash. Rather than go vote in a primary, so your vote counts, one vote for one person or one winner."
She said: "These people finagled it because nobody wanted Bernie to get more than one delegate. So now it's a wash. Now it's a tie. So, we might as well have all stayed home."
The results of the complicated system opened raw wounds for those who voted for Sanders in 2016.
Sanders argued he would have beaten Trump if the election against Hillary not been “rigged against” him.
Sanders endorsed Clinton for the presidency in her race against Trump after he bowed out in 2016.