NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders will be taking his momentum to New York Wednesday morning as he meets with a top civil rights activist.
Fresh off his resounding victory over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary, the Vermont senator will be meeting with the Rev. Al Sharpton for breakfast at Sylvia’s in Harlem.
CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reports that this meeting raises questions for the former secretary of state.
“That raises a number of really big questions for Hillary Clinton because she has to question Sharpton’s motives and whether he’s acting on behalf of himself or his friend, President Barack Obama,” Kramer reported.
Sanders mentioned in his victory speech that he will be heading to New York, but didn’t give specifics.
“I am going to New York City tonight and tomorrow, but I am not going to New York City to hold a fundraiser on Wall Street,” Sanders told his supporters. “I’m going to hold a fundraiser right here, right now across America.”
Sanders garnered a majority of support from men, women and independents and surged past Clinton in a state she won eight years ago against then-candidate Barack Obama. Near-record turnout and a recent shift in political ideology among Democrats helped buoy Sanders’ early electoral feat.
Sanders told an ecstatic crowd that he believes the Democratic establishment will start coming after him harder.
“They are throwing everything at me, except the kitchen sink, and I have a feeling that kitchen sink is coming pretty soon,” he said.
His win will likely prompt rank-and-file Democrats — and some major campaign donors — to give his candidacy a second look as the race shifts to contests in Clinton-friendly states like Nevada and South Carolina.
Sanders, once labeled a “fringe candidate” by his detractors, received majority support from younger voters and those who called themselves moderate or political liberal. He was also narrowly favored by women. Clinton, meanwhile, was backed by a majority of voters 65 and older, according to preliminary exit poll data compiled by Edison Research for The Associated Press and the television networks.
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