US Senator Bernie Sanders has emerged from the New Hampshire primary election as the frontshuffler for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.
The 78-year-old Vermont Senator beat rivals including former US Vice-President Joe Biden, 77, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, 70, in the election year’s first full state primary this week.
A Democratic Party source said Sanders now had amassed 21 of the 1,991 delegates needed to secure the nomination on the first ballot at the Democratic Party’s convention at Milwaukee, Wisconsin in July.
“The dark horse in the nomination race so far has been Pete Buttigieg who after the Iowa causes and the New Hampshire primary has 22 delegates, but we’re hopeful Bernie will pass him in the next few primaries and go on to win the nomination,” the source said.
“That should put him in the box seat to grab the nomination and then be defeated by Donald Trump in November.
“The Democratic Party has, we believe, a fail-safe plan to ensure Trump’s re-election and another four years in the White House.
“We are seeing a field of clapped-out old political hacks vie for the Democratic nomination which will ultimately go to an old near-dead white man.
“It’s a bonus if the nominee is a left-winger in an election where we need to appeal most to voters in the middle and right-of-centre.
“Bernie fits that plan perfectly. That’s if he’s still alive come November,” the source said.