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Who has a better mixtape of supporters: Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders?

Let's dispel with this fiction that Ja Rule doesn't know what he's doing.

 

Ramon Ramirez

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Published Feb 28, 2016   Updated Feb 29, 2020, 10:59 am CST

On the verge of the delegate-rich Super Tuesday, the Democratic challengers are jostling for any kind of an edge. And while Hillary Clinton is sitting pretty having just won South Carolina in a landslide, Bernie Sanders can at least match resources when it comes to musician support.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the far-left candidate Sanders enjoys a menacing mixtape of support from trending indie musicians. For her part, Clinton can lean on a monolithic battering ram of legends and headliners. 

While scattered strummers—Ted Nugent, Loretta Lynn—are stumping for the GOP, the Democrats in 2016 are retaining a super-majority of rock stars. The question, then, becomes which presidential short-lister can point to a better Spotify playlist composed of supporters? We’ll leave the subjective analytics to your earbuds. 

(Note: In instances where members of bands have publicly endorsed candidates—Foo Fighters and Slipknot, for instance—we’re counting their corresponding act unless other members of the band have offered dissenting public opinions.)

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Sources: the Guardian, the Hill, BernieSanders.com, Wikipedia listings.

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*First Published: Feb 28, 2016, 5:46 pm CST