By Martin Cunningham
THE MAJORITY of Bernie Sanders supporters are expected to vote for his former rival Hilary Clinton in today’s presidential election.
The news comes after a recent poll conducted by YouGov showed that 68 percent of likely voters who backed Sanders now plan to vote for Clinton.
This will be welcome news in the Clinton camp after fears Sanders supporters would not back the Democratic Party nominee and instead vote for one of the smaller parties in protest.
Clinton won the presidential nomination in July with over 55 percent of the popular vote and 2,842 of delegate endorsements but Sanders’ campaign was praised as the ‘peoples’ revolution’ as it energised many of those who had become disenfranchised with mainstream politics.
The senator of Vermont led a campaign on tackling social inequalities, getting rid of tuition fees and reforming Wall Street- repeatedly attacking the “millionaires and billionaires” for causing the financial crash of 2007.
He also attacked Clinton’s relationship with Wall Street, claiming that she was in bed with the big banks such as Goldman Sachs and the Rothschild family.
However he has since been branded a ‘sell-out’ by some supporters for publicly backing Clinton after losing the presidential nomination.
Many die-hard campaigners have since threatened to boycott the vote or back the Liberals or Greens instead.
It is for this reason many in the Democratic Party fear that Clinton won’t be able to reach the 270 electoral college points needed to secure the presidency.
The YouGov poll also showed that 12 percent of Sanders supporters plan to vote for Jill Stein the Green Party nominee and 10 percent for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.
Stein has been actively campaigning to try and persuade Sanders supporters to move away from the Democratic Party, calling for a “DemExit” named after Brexit on twitter.
Exit polls show Clinton with a three-point lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump with the final result expected around 4am (GMT).