“The political and financial establishment of this country have been vocal in their desire for us to go away. To get in line. Today, the voters had another idea.”Proving that U.S. voters are still energized to go to the polls to voice their support for “political revolution,” Bernie Sanders won the Indiana primary on Tuesday night – besting rival Hillary Clinton and notching a much-needed victory as the corporate media and political class continues to discount his chances and downplay the accomplishments of the campaign.
“The political revolution wins in Indiana!” the Sanders campaign tweeted just after 9 PM eastern.
The Guardian described it as a “shock victory,” reporting:
Despite trailing by an average of seven points in opinion polls and losing a string of bigger, more diverse states on the east coast, Sanders once again proved his appeal to disaffected midwest voters by pulling off his 18th victory of 2016, according to Associated Press projections.
Sanders seemed on track to win a narrow majority of the 83 delegates on offer. With over 80% reporting, Sanders had 52.9% of the vote to Clinton’s 47.1%.
Sanders told the Associated Press: “The Clinton campaign thinks this campaign is over. They’re wrong.”
In an email sent to supporters just before 10 PM eastern, Sanders said the victory in Indiana helps prove his recent argument that every voter in the country deserves to be heard this primary season.
“For the past several weeks, the corporate media has counted us out of this election,” Sanders wrote. “The political and financial establishment of this country have been vocal in their desire for us to go away. To get in line.”
But in Indiana on Tuesday, Sanders added, “the voters had another idea.”
Despite recent losses, Sanders has repeatedly said he intends to take his campaign through to California, among the very last primaries of the season as well as the most populous and delegate-rich state in the country.
“Every victory we earn is extraordinarily important for our political revolution,” he continued. “Not just because of the delegates we earn, but because each win and all the work that goes into that effort sends an unmistakable message to the establishment of this country that we will never stop fighting for the values we share. I say we keep fighting. Are you with me?”
This post first appeared in Common Dreams.