How Many States Does Hillary Have to Lose Before the Mainstream Media Calls It a Losing Streak?

Remember when Bernie Sanders lost six contests—five in just one day—and nearly every pundit questioned whether or not he should drop out? That week, Sanders' campaign pressed forward, holding town halls and rallies with voters in Arizona, Idaho and Utah, while Clinton picked up checks from high-dollar donors in Virginia and Tennessee, states that had already voted. 

Arizona was the last contest Hillary won, on March 22. Since then, Bernie has won the last seven states: Idaho, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington and Wyoming, in addition to the votes of Democrats abroad.

On Saturday April 9, Saturday Night Live aired the segment “Hillary Clinton Addresses Her Losing Streak,” featuring Kate McKinnon, who often plays Clinton. The show pokes fun at the presidential candidate's recent string of losses and desperate attempts to appeal to New Yorkers, a state she had twice as much of a lead in, just weeks ago. 

“It’s true I have not been winning as of late. In fact, I have not won a state in nearly three weeks,” McKinnon admits. As she imitates Clinton’s subway troubles, pretends to eat a hot dog and wears a Mets and Yankees combo cap, viewers can’t help but admit the air of familiarity to 2008’s election. 

By mid-February of 2008, Clinton had lost eight contests to Barack Obama and was “trying to break out of a losing streak by putting on the full-court press in Ohio and Texas,” reported AP. “It sounds like Obama is building momentum among the entire Democratic base. It used to be that he had certain elements that he was strong in in—young voters, African American voters. Now it's starting to look like he's winning over the entire party,” announced Faiz Shakir of Center for American Progress.

Swap the words “ African American” and “white” and he’s talking about Bernie Sanders in 2016.

There’s even truth in Rudy Giuliani comparisons made nearly 10 years apart.

“I think that the Clinton candidacy has become a mini Giuliani," Shakir mused. “They're looking to future states as a reason for hope, meanwhile the momentum of losses actually is weighing down on them.”

Clinton is focusing heavily on New York, while skipping states with low delegate counts, such as Wyoming, where Sanders held a rally the night of the Wisconsin primary. While Obama ended up passing Clinton in number of delegates—847 to 834—she still outnumbered him by 70 superdelegates.

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