|Hillary vs Bernie (Jan 20-June 5)|
Have you noticed your Facebook and/or Twitter feed erupting with post-June 7th conspiracy theories about why Hillary really won the Democratic nomination...if her historic win is even acknowledged at all? I sure have, and it seems like the excuses for Bernie's defeat aren't going away anytime soon. These include, but certainly aren't limited to: voter suppression or outright fraud across dozens of states, manipulation by the mass media, meddling Super PACs, Debbie Wasserman Schultz's black magic, and of course "superdelegates liked her first!".
Enough! It's time to push back with some very simple truth in chart form.
The graphic above (via RealClearPolitics) shows the national polling averages for Clinton and Sanders starting just before the Iowa caucuses and going all the way to the eve of the final contests. And one thing is immediately obvious: Hillary never lost her lead. Sure, it got pretty close for a little while thanks to that damn bird, but by that point Clinton's pledged delegate lead was already virtually insurmountable and she bounced back shortly thereafter anyway.
If that's not enough and you'd like to see another chart that averages in even more national polls taken while people have been voting, check out this smoother and less exciting graphic from HuffPost:
Hillary Clinton always led Bernie Sanders in the national polling averages, usually by a solid margins...and sure enough, she ended up with more votes in the end. Over three and a half million more, to be exact.