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Bernie Sanders Is Clearly Capturing Part of the Ron Paul Student Vote

Libertarian students for avowed socialism.



Last night's big win for Bernie Sanders was partly fueled by his utter dominance of the under-30 crowd. As I argued in a short piece for CNN, Sanders' popularity among students is reminiscent of Ron Paul's successes in 2008 and 2012:

Sanders seems even more wildly popular among young voters than Barack Obama was in 2008.

He's likely capturing some of the non-interventionist, libertarian-leaning college-aged people who last time around would have supported Ron Paul -- another septuagenarian white man with a radical streak and surprising youth cred.

Now that there isn't anyone named Paul in the race (RIP: Rand, who failed to inspire as much devotion as his father), there's no obvious inheritor of the libertarian vote, which is split among several imperfect candidates -- including avowed socialist Sanders.

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[Related: Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump Win New Hampshire. That's a Rebuke to the Status Quo.]