The independent press is calling it “The Battle of New York,” and the street warfare comparison has never been more appropriate in the 2016 American primary elections.
Here the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are showing all their differences. While the former New York senator shuttles between fundraisers, the Brooklyn-born senator from Vermont rallies in neighborhood after neighborhood park. His volunteers not only make phone calls, they move door-to-door in a block party-like crusade that starkly separates the grassroots Sanders movement and Clinton’s institutional political machine.
Usually by April, when it comes time to vote in the big states, the conclusion is already foregone. But not his year, as the convention nominee is still just as much disputed among the Republicans as the Democrats, and the electoral battle is still in full swing.
A week after Clinton delivered a speech aimed at New York’s African-American community, Sanders took a turn speaking on the same stage as Clinton (and before her Obama), the Apollo Theater. When he entered the hall and began to speak, with that hoarse voice and his head sunk between his shoulders, the audience fell silent.