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Steve Scalise

Bernie Sanders' Southern strategy

Bernie Sanders is taking a General Sherman approach to his summer, barnstorming across a Deep South that is definitely enemy territory for Northeastern liberals. But unlike Sherman, the strategic purpose isn't clear. In fact, at first glance, it seems to be among the most quixotic ventures of his young campaign, given the degree to which Democrats are outnumbered there. Before a Sunday rally in Kenner, La., a suburb about 12 miles outside of New Orleans, the candidate held a small house party at the home of Dr. Gilda Reed. Reed, a psychology professor who'd once run for Congress on a platform similar to Sanders', had been selected to host the event that Wednesday, after...