U.S. Socialist-Democrat Candidate Sanders Down But Not Out

Despite much fanfare around him in the last U.S. presidential elections, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders is slipping in the polls, but experts have said he's still in the race to grab the 2020 Democratic nomination.

"Sanders isn't finished. He's on life support. He has a core set of supporters," Republican strategist and TV news personality Ford O'Connell told Xinhua.

Sanders saw his popularity surge in the lead-up to the 2016 elections, when he ran for the Democratic nomination against Hillary Clinton. Supporters were wildly enthusiastic about the openly socialist candidate who said he would turn Washington upside down.

Sanders was in some ways a mirror reflection of U.S. President Donald Trump -- an anti-establishment figure who clearly understood that Washington had failed a sizable chunk of Americans for decades. Sanders railed against Wall Street and called for a radical shift toward a more socialist style of governance.

Just a few months ago, many supporters, media outlets and experts expressed the belief that he would be the front runner in the race to grab the Democratic nomination and face off against Trump.

However, while Sanders had a fresh message in 2016, times have changed fast. His far-left vision for America is now shared by many of the other 23 candidates vying for the Democratic ticket, making it hard for him to stand out.

Read more from Matthew Rusling at Xinhua

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