The Democratic Party is interfering in the elections with the most popular candidate.
I wouldn’t expect Sanders supporters to come out to vote.
Without that large support it’s doubtful they’ll win in the general.
You’ll be voting for a party that sabotages itself.
An interesting problem.
I think the DNC should have learned from 2016 that interfering with the primaries in Hillary's favor is one of the reasons she lost. Angry Sanders supporters. Who knows how many stayed home because of that, we do know that the Democratic base voted for Hillary 89-8 over Trump with 3% voting third party. Sanders supporters voted for Hillary by a 75-12 margin over Trump, but with a huge 13% opting for third party candidates. Here's a Newsweek article on that.
BERNIE SANDERS VOTERS HELPED TRUMP WIN AND HERE'S PROOFhttps://www.newsweek.com/bernie-sanders-trump-2016-election-654320
I wouldn't if I were the DNC try for a repeat in 2020.
Sanders is indeed the most popular, so far. With three primaries and caucuses down Sanders has 27.4% of the Democratic Primary vote cast so far. Buttigieg has 22.2%, Klobuchar 16.0%, Warren 12.8%, Biden 12.3% with the rest in single digits. Sanders leads in delegates with 45 to Buttigieg 25, Biden 15, Warren 8, Klobuchar 7. None of the rest has any delegates.https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/president/democratic_vote_count.html https://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2020/president/democratic_delegate_count.html
The only caveat I would add to Sanders being the most popular candidates is that Sanders has won three mostly white states, blacks haven't had a chance to be heard yet. Blacks in 2016 made up a third of the Democratic primary voters. Nationwide white democratic primary voters prefer Sanders 30-18 over Warren, Biden 14%, Buttigieg 12% and Bloomberg who hasn't entered any primaries yet at 9%. Blacks on the other had support Biden 37-24% over Sanders as of 25 Feb. But looking at South Carolina it seems Biden who at one time, 1 Feb had the support of 55% of blacks, is regaining their support. We'll see once the vote in South Carolina is in whether Biden is or isn't regaining black support.