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One in Ten Bernie Sanders Voters Might've Ended Up Voting for Trump

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The 2016 election cycle caught a lot of people in the U.S. by surprise. It featured the way-too-many candidates running for the Republican candidacy, the heated battle between Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton within the Deomocratic Party and (the grand finale of what seemed like the most dramatic political drama of all time) the victory of our current President Donald Trump. Want some more twists and turns?

According to the Cooperative Congressional Election Study by YouGov, 12 percent of voters who voted for Sanders (a Democratic socialist) in the primaries ended up voting for Donald Trump (a real estate tycoon and Republican) in the general election. Wait, what

You read that right. According to this massive study that surveyed over 64,600 people, more than 1 in 10 of the voters who first chose the incredibly progressive Sanders switched sides in the end. Brian Schaffner, a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts, broke down the data on Twitter: 


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