The media and Republican candidates failed to mention Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders during their latest Republican debate on Tuesday, but no worries, he is going gangbusters by all kinds of measures.
The senator from Vermont is running 10 points ahead of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. This according to the latest polls, and aides to Sanders say he has collected 2 million contributions.
That is more than any Democrat or Republican candidate, and closing in on President Obama’s 2012 reelection effort.
An online ticker set up Wednesday night tracked the number of donations in real-time.
By the end of CNN’s GOP debate, Sanders picked up the highest number of tweets for any 2016 presidential candidate.
He already has over 1 million followers on Twitter, nearly twice the amount of people living in Vermont.
Then, he live-tweeted the most recent GOP debate using the hashtag #GOPDEBATE, gaining 5,258 followers that night.
Sanders won in the “most re-tweeted comment” category, hands down.
His tweet read:
“Repeat after me: We must combat anti-Muslim bigotry and all forms of discrimination in our country and in our world. #GOPDebate.”
The senator tweeted “Islamophobia,” a subject coursing across the GOP debate stage, and received 10,917 retweets and 16,702 likes.
Get this, his tweet is still making the rounds on Twitter.
Clinton still leads with 48 percent of the vote, while Sanders holds 41 percent.
Thursday, Sanders captivated the Communications Workers Union (CWU), the largest media and communications union with well over 700,000 members.
Sander spoke to an audience at the CWU’s headquarters following their announcement:
“We are going to win this election, and we are going to transform America! We’re going to create an economy that works for the middle class and working people of America!”
Sanders has already been endorsed by the American Postal Workers and the National Nurses United unions.
Clinton, however, has been endorsed by more than a dozen unions.
Unfortunately, Sanders is following Clinton in some traditional measures.
Among Democratic voters, Sanders holds 26 percent to Clinton’s 59 percent, according to Wednesday’s Monmouth University poll.
Sanders has only two members of congress in his corner at this time.
The media seems hell-bent on ignoring Sanders, but there will come a time when they no long will be able to.