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The Key Question for the Sanders Campaign

February 12th, 2020 | 7 min read

By Jake Meador

Last night Bernie Sanders, unsurprisingly, won the New Hampshire primary. FiveThirtyEight now gives him a 38% of winning the Democratic nomination—his leading rival, at this point, is a brokered convention, which the site gives a 33% chance of happening. Prior to Iowa, there were three plausible ways for the Democratic primary season to wrap up: It could follow the pattern of the Republican primary in 2012 with former VP Joe Biden playing the part of Mitt Romney—the obvious (and obviously flawed) favorite fending off a revolving door of increasingly implausible opponents. That door began to close in Iowa. It was slammed shut last night. Biden is done.

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Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied English and History. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his wife Joie, their daughter Davy Joy, and sons Wendell, Austin, and Ambrose. Jake's writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Commonweal, Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, National Review, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play and he has written or contributed to several books, including "In Search of the Common Good," "What Are Christians For?" (both with InterVarsity Press), "A Protestant Christendom?" (with Davenant Press), and "Telling the Stories Right" (with the Front Porch Republic Press).