Will Nigerian-American Folasade Adeluola beat Bernie Sanders in Senate race? Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 2, 2021


Nigerian-American Folasade Adeluola has gone head to head against one of America’s most popular politicians, Bernie Sanders.

Adeluola is running in today’s Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Senator Sanders.

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She has blamed Sanders for dividing the Democratic Party with his run for the presidential nomination against Hillary Clinton.

“I did not like the way Sen. Sanders caused the DNC to lose the White House,” Adeluola told the Burlington Free Press. “That is why I’m angry.” The paper reported that Adeluola, like Sanders, is registered as an independent candidate and plans to carry on through the November election.

A newcomer to Vermont politics, she’s hoping her experience working as a volunteer in previous elections and campaigns in Indiana will help her unseat Sanders, reports said.

Local media said Adeluola, now a Shelburne resident, moved to Vermont after the 2016 presidential election with the specific goal of unseating Senator Sanders.

And even if she loses, she may still end up winning as Fox News reported on Tuesday that “Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was projected to easily win the Democratic nomination for a third term Tuesday – though Sanders was expected to decline the nomination and run as an independent in November’s general election”.

FoxNews said “with 11 percent of precincts reporting, the democratic socialist Sanders had received 94 percent of the vote compared to six percent for self-described Democratic activist Folasade Adeluola. Sanders, who received 65 percent and 71 percent of the vote in his first two Senate election victories, is a heavy favorite to win re-election”.

“Under Vermont law, Sanders cannot appear on the November ballot as both a Democrat and an independent. In his previous U.S. Senate races, in 2012 and 2006, he declined the Democratic nomination but accepted the formal endorsement of the state’s Democratic Party.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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