As voters in five states head to the polls today, much of the focus will be on the Republican presidential contenders, and whether anyone can create a roadblock on businessman Donald Trump’s pathway to the nomination. But a similar drama is unfolding in the Democratic primary.
Like Trump, Senator Bernie Sanders is a populist candidate appealing to an overlooked constituency. While once considered a weak candidate, Sanders now threatens former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s long-anticipated quick coronation as the Democratic nominee. Where Sanders stands after this week depends on one of the key story-lines of the Democratic primary so far, and whether it continues during the contests this week.