Article from The Daily Wire by Emily Zanotti.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) told the Daily Beast Thursday that he believes racism forced white voters to forget casting ballots for Democrats Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida.

Both Abrams and Gillum are now locked in tight races, and neither has conceded (though Andrew Gillum briefly threw in the towel Tuesday night, only to withdraw his concession when his loss percentage suddenly decreased to less than .5%, triggering a machine recount). But Bernie Sanders says that white voters could have put both of them over the edge had they been more “comfortable” selecting a candidate of color.

Sanders went on to underscore that both Gillum and Abrams had run very openly progressive campaigns — some might even call them “socialists” — but that their political beliefs probably had little to do with their (likely) narrow losses.

That’s not entirely true. As eagle-eyed analysts on social media pointed out, Florida has voted enthusiastically for minorities before. The state went for Obama in both 2008 and 2012, and minority candidates in down-ballot races didn’t fare as poorly as Gillum. Democrat Al Lawson crushed his opponent in the race for Florida’s 5th Congressional district, and long-term Democrats like Alcee Hastings and Frederica Wilson have been winning elections in the state for years (though all three represent much smaller constituencies).

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