What are the strengths of Bernie Sanders

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When the US states Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, Missouri and the important Florida vote in the US primary election on Tuesday, Bernie Sanders ’campaign will be about a lot. 792 delegate votes are to be won by the Democrats. Surveys see Clinton ahead in all states except Missouri, for which there are no meaningful data. But that was also the case with Michigan - and Sanders won the state.

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The left-wing Senator from Vermont owes a lot to the thousands of volunteers who, out of sheer conviction, beat the drum for the 74-year-old and his idealistic election program. As the British "Guardian" reports, a handful of people from Sanders ’campaign team have invested a lot of time in recent months in networking online and offline with private supporters in 48 countries and in coordinating their own advertising campaigns.

"Something Radical"

Sanders ’team relies on word of mouth and the pyramid scheme, among other things. Because nothing is as effective as a direct conversation between volunteer and voter, called one of these coordinators in a speech Sanders ’to 10,000 people in Lansing, Michigan, to volunteer. Around 3,000 people actually registered. "We did something very radical," said Sanders in a speech in Michigan, "we asked the Americans for help. And within ten months four million individuals have contributed. That is more than ever for a candidate in our country was done. "

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In fact, Sanders ’campaign is well on the way to breaking records with the high level of commitment from supporters. While, according to the Guardian, Barack Obama's team boasted on the weekend before the 2012 election that a 4,000-strong - paid - team had phoned and knocked on doors over 125 million times during the election campaign, Sanders' campaign team was able to do so in just a fraction recorded around 30 million interactions with potential voters over the years.

Everything online

The Internet is becoming one of the cornerstones of the campaign, which is supported by the under 30-year-olds. Much of the organization and persuasion takes place online. As the Wall Street Journal reports, tech-savvy Sanders fans have set up a whole set of apps and websites to measure Sanders ’popularity, raise donations, manage phone calls and personal votes, and network with one another.

It is also about the fact that volunteers can work on their own and without being dependent on a professionalized campaign team. In an interview with the Guardian, two of Sanders 'supporters even suggested that Sanders' poor performance among African Americans in the southern states was due to the fact that only around half of the electorate were regularly online. In New York, Florida and Missouri, the result will be correspondingly different.

Half-filled halls, double visits

Weaknesses also reveal themselves in volunteering. Bad organization and inadequate infrastructure make themselves felt, for example in the “LA Times”, in half-filled halls and double house calls. The fact that Sanders ’supporters run the risk of being overtaken by their enthusiasm does not seem to unsettle them. The basic tenor is that you see yourself as movement.

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Sanders gathers the boys around him

Sanders receives support - now increasingly public - from his wife. At the beginning of his campaign, Jane Sanders stayed in the shadows and rarely gave interviews, now she did her first solo campaign tour outside of Vermont last week. According to the Washington Post, their focus is particularly on keeping in touch with families. In addition, there would be no TV commercial without the cooperation of Sanders' wife.

Unexpected support

A celebrity recently came out as a supporter, actor Danny DeVito. During a joint appearance with Sanders, he described him as a man "who speaks the truth". With Asher Edelman in an interview with the TV broadcaster CNBC, a completely atypical supporter also sided with Sanders.

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Actor Danny DeVito promoted Sanders

Edelmann is an investor and was one of the role models for the financial villain Gordon Gekko from Oliver Stone's film "Wall Street". The reason for his support: Sanders understood simple economic principles and represented them. So he knows that a money transfer from the base of society to the top ten thousand curbs consumption. This reduces the speed of circulation of money - and the economy shrinks. Sanders is also the only candidate to speak about economic policy and moving banks away from speculation and towards moneylending. That makes him the “best candidate for business” for Edelman.