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The Real Score:

An article in the New York Times (2/22/2016) claimed that the delegate count for Clinton and Sanders stood at 502 to 70. However, the Times had added in the SuperDelegate vote now rather than waiting for the convention.

A Times reader emailed his comment: Braden of Beacon, NY wrote, in part, "The race is tied 51-51 in pledged delegates. Is the NY Times seriously running an analysis that suggests that Bernie has no way of catching up? Were your reporters not alive in 2008? Bernie is in a stronger position than President Obama was in 2008 in pledged delegates. The superdelegates don't vote until the convention and they can switch their ENDORSEMENT anytime before then."

Bernie at University of Massachusetts:

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Many students in the crowd of 9,000 who lined up at the Mullins Center Monday evening heard Sanders for the first time. By all accounts, they liked what he had to say about the rigged economy, the broken campaign system of big money, and the need for tuition-free public colleges and universities.

Massachusetts -- a March 1st SuperTuesday State:

The others are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and American Samoa. Since Bernie won more of the Latino vote than Hillary did in Nevada, it looks good for his chances in the Colorado caucuses. Minnesota, Oklahoma and Vermont (Hillary has no chance here!) could hopefully end up in Bernie's column along with Massachusetts. What kind of a showing Bernie will make in the other states will depend on both the turnout and the black vote. With the exception of the Colorado caucus, the other states all have open primaries, meaning that independents do not have to change their registration in order to receive a Democratic ballot.

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A Plea To African-American Voters:

In a radio ad playing in several states, Spike Lee gives listeners a WAKE-UP call. Spike says, "99% of Americans were hurt by the 2008 recession and many are still recovering; Bernie is not bought and will Do The Right Thing when he gets in the White House."

Can Democrats Take Back the Senate?

Many critics cite Republican control of the Senate as the big obstacle for a President Sanders to "get anything done." This year provides a golden opportunity, however, for Democrats to obtain a majority. Only ten Democrats are up for re-election while twenty-four Republicans are. The Democrats need to defend the seats they have anto take five from the Republicans.

Here are the ones to keep an eye on:

Maggie Hassan, the New Hampshire governor is running against Sen. Kelly Ayotte who has made some "bad" votes.

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Ted Strickland, a former governor of Ohio, is matched against Rob Portman.

Russ Feingold, who lost his Wisconsin seat in 2010 to Ron Johnson, is running to get it back.

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