Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sanders keeps winning rural, most recently in N.Y.

If rural New York voters had their way, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders would have easily taken the Empire State's Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday. Instead, New York's large urban population carried Hillary Clinton to an easy victory. It was another example of the rural-urban divide that has been evident in the race.

Sanders won 49 counties, earning 60.9 percent of the rural vote, to 39.1 percent for Clinton, and he won 59.3 percent of the vote in small cities, to 40.7 percent for Clinton, Bill Bishop and Tim Marema report for the Daily Yonder. Clinton only won 13 counties, but they were all urban and consisted of a much larger population than the counties Sanders won. Overall, Clinton earned 1,054,083 votes to 763,469 for Sanders, winning by a margin of 58 percent to 42 percent. Only 4.6 percent of the state's Democratic voters live in rural areas or small cities. (Yonder graphic)

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