(Oregonian) Bernie Sanders is in the top tier of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, typically running behind only former Vice President Joe Biden in national polls.

But the democratic socialist from Vermont could be in trouble — a lot of trouble.

Sanders won 23 states and territories in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. But more than half of those states held caucuses, not primaries. Caucuses — which typically involve voters congregating in groups on the night of the election, declaring their allegiance to the room and seeking to bring others into the fold — tend to reward drum-beat ideologues like Sanders more than candidates making gauzier “leadership” pitches.

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