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A newspaper in Vermont's capital city is urging home-state Sen. Bernie Sanders not to make another run for the presidency – citing recent allegations of sexual harassment on his 2016 campaign and saying he could split the Democrats.
'All signs point to another run, even with accusations this week that Sanders' campaign staff, during the 2016 run, engaged in sexist remarks, as well as claims of poor treatment and lower pay for women,' according to an editorial in the Barre Montpelier Times Argus.
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The editorial, in the pages of a daily newspaper with a circulation in the thousands, isn't likely hamstring Sanders' efforts – though it could signal challenges he will face in the heavily splintered Demoratic field.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who passed on a run in 2016, visited Iowa last weekend.
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'We fear a Sanders run risks dividing the well-fractured Democratic Party, and could lead to another split in the 2020 presidential vote,' according to the editorial.
'There is too much at stake to take that gamble. If we are going to maintain a two-party system, the mandate needs to be a clear one. There is strength in numbers, and if anything has been shown in recent years, it is that unless tallies are overwhelming, there can always be questions or challenges raised over what 'vote totals' really mean: popular vote vs. Electoral College results,' it continued.
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The article urging Sanders not to run also cited recent claims of sexual discrimination from members of his campaign staff – though the Vermont independent...
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