‘Math Guy’ Andrew Yang Says Sanders Will ‘Underperform’ In Swing States — The Numbers Say Otherwise
Andrew Yang, who dropped out of the race for president last week, opined after the Democratic debate in Nevada on Wednesday evening that Sen. Bernie Sanders will have a tough time in a number of swing states, if he’s the party’s eventual nominee.
Yang, who has described himself as a “math guy” in the past, made the comments on CNN’s debate analysis program, as he’s been hired by that network to provide insight into the presidential election campaign.
“There are a lot of Democrats who are concerned that, if you have Bernie at the top of the ticket, that it’s going to mean a very, very tough [election] night in a lot of swing states,” Yang said.
Asked if those concerns were legitimate or not, the former candidate said he believed they were.
“I think it’s a fair concern, based upon the polling data that shows that Bernie will underperform in various swing states the Democrats highly value,” he said.
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But as HillReporter.com reported earlier this week, polling numbers from various swing states show Sanders has a stronger shot at beating President Donald Trump than people may perceive.
Sanders outperforms the president in both Michigan and Pennsylvania, according to most recent polling data, by margins of 50 percent in favor of Sanders to 45 percent for Trump. And in Florida, the spread is even wider, with Sanders polling at 53 percent to Trump’s 47 percent.
If Sanders retained the states that Hillary Clinton won in 2016 but picked up those three states, it would result in him winning the presidency in 2020 through the Electoral College vote.
Sanders also outpolls Trump nationally, with 53 percent of Americans saying that they prefer him to be president, versus 42 percent that say Trump should win a second term, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll released this week.
That’s an 11-point spread in favor of Sanders over Trump. For comparison, in 2016 around this time, a similar poll found that Democratic candidate for president Hillary Clinton led Trump 50 percent to 41 percent, a 9-point spread.
The numbers show that Sanders is not only within striking range of defeating Trump, but also trending better with voters at this time than Clinton did in 2016.
It’s unclear where Yang got his numbers from to make the claim that he did, as CNN’s debate analysis program moved onto other subjects after he made his commentary.