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The Daily BeastJun 25, 2019
You Think It's Hard to Run Against a Women, Bernie Sanders? Try Running as One.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/ShutterstockTurns out Joe Biden isn't the only presidential candidate making tone-deaf comments guaranteed to provoke key Democratic constituencies. Enter Bernie Sanders, who postulated Friday that Elizabeth Warren is gaining on him in part because "there are a certain number of people who would like to see a woman elected." The idea that Americans—even progressive Democrats—are so eager for the coming matriarchy that it's an obstacle for a man like Bernie is laughable, and demonstrably false. 

According to a Morning Consult poll, Bernie supporters overwhelmingly break for Biden as their second choice. Somehow the woman with whom the Democratic-Socialist senator is ideologically closest loses his voters to the most conservative candidate in the field. Twenty-six percent of Berniecrats told an Emerson poll earlier this year that they would even choose Trump in a general election. Meanwhile, Warren still has to fight to win over voters who should be her natural base: women who say they like her, but worry that she can't win. This self-fulfilling prophecy was captured in

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