Politics

Continetti: Dem Voters Prioritizing Electability Despite ‘Electable’ Candidates Losing

Washington Free Beacon founding editor Matthew Continetti said Monday that Democratic primary voters are taking a risk by prioritizing electability, considering how "electable" candidates have lost in recent years.

"Voters backed the electable candidate in the Republican primaries in 1996, in the Democratic primaries in 2004, and in the Republican primaries in 2012," Continetti said Monday morning on Fox Business. "All three candidates went on to lose in November."

He added that former vice president Joe Biden's surge ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) is a result of Democratic voters shifting their priorities to focus on defeating President Donald Trump.

"What we're finding from Democratic voters is they're putting a priority on so-called electability. They want to find the candidate who has the best shot at defeating Trump in November," Continetti said. "And that's why they made this hard turn away from Sanders after Nevada and toward Biden before South Carolina and Super Tuesday."

Continetti also said it is too soon to count Sanders out, pointing to Biden's sudden resurgence between the South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday.

Six states will hold primaries on Tuesday: Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and Washington.