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Dick Morris: Whites, Hispanics Boost Bernie's Chances

 

By    |   Monday, 22 Feb 2016 09:48 PM

White and Hispanic Democratic voters may end up giving Bernie Sanders more votes than Hillary Clinton headed into the party's convention, but superdelegates could still end up handing Clinton the nomination, political consultant Dick Morris tells Newsmax TV. 

Appearing Monday on "Dennis Michael Lynch: Unfiltered," Morris pointed to results from Saturday's Democratic caucuses in Nevada in which Sanders beat Clinton among white and Hispanic voters, but lost a tight race because Clinton won the black vote.

Nevada was the first contest of a state that is not predominantly white and gave a good gauge of where the support breaks down along race, Morris said.

"Nevada is really three states," he said. "It's black, Latino and white. And they're very different and they live side-by-side in happiness and peace, but they don’t' vote alike."

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Though those numbers don't portend well for Sanders in South Carolina, where 55 percent of the Democratic electorate is black and few are Hispanic, it looks much better in states like Texas with 260 delegates, most of which are white and Hispanic.

"Hillary has been talking about the idea of a firewall on Super Tuesday because of her power in the minority community," Morris said. "Well, there is a firewall because of her black power and that will give her a huge victory in Alabama with about 70 delegates, Georgia with about 110, and Virginia with about 100. But no place else."

Clinton is likely to win significantly fewer delegates on Super Tuesday than Sanders. But she has sewn up most of the superdelegates, which would end up handing her the nomination even if Sanders wins most regular delegates he would get from the popular vote.

If Clinton gets the nomination that way, "all hell is going to break lose," Morris said. "There will be a civil war in the Democratic Party. They won't piece it together for years."

After the 1968 split when Hubert Humphrey won all the establishment delegates and Eugene McCarthy, Bobby Kennedy and George McGovern won all of the elected delegates, the Democratic Party couldn't win another election until 1976, he said.

"It took Nixon's impeachment to make the Democratic Party viable again politically," he said.

But in a general election of Donald Trump vs. Clinton, Hispanics likely will break for Clinton, Morris added.

"It wouldn't be a wipeout, but she would do very well, and Trump would be victimized by some of the things he's said," Morris said.

But, he said, the GOP nominee could be Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, both Latinos.

"The media talked about Obama's the first black and Hillary's the first woman," he said. "Well, either of those would be the first Latino, and they're going to vote for a Latino."

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