Despite predictions made by pundits and journalists in\u0026nbsp;the corporate media regarding electability in the 2020 general election, exit polls in the states where Americans have voted so far show that Sen. Bernie Sanders is the most popular Democratic candidate among voters who are likely to be considered \u0022swing voters\u0022 in November.As Sanders\u0026#039;s speechwriter, David Sirota, tweeted Friday, the Vermont senator is winning far more votes from independent voters than former Vice President Joe Biden.According to CNN, Sanders has won independents in 13 out of 16 states where exit polls are conducted, including Minnesota and North Carolina, which are expected to be competitive in the general election.\u0022Weird that this hasn\u0026#039;t been mentioned by anyone on cable TV in the 24-7 coverage of \u0026#039;electability,\u0026#039;\u0022 Sirota wrote.In 13 out of 16 states, CNN exit polls show @BernieSanders won independent voters who often swing national electionsIt\u0026#039;s weird that this hasn\u0026#039;t been mentioned by anyone on cable TV in the the 24-7 coverage of \u0022electability\u0022 https://t.co/mZPVpRG0iF— David Sirota (@davidsirota) March 7, 2020In CNN\u0026#039;s polls, Sanders won the support of independent voters in every state so far except Virginia, South Carolina, and Alabama.The Washington Post also reported that a majority of independent voters supported Sanders in the states that voted last Tuesday—34% versus 26% for Biden.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) also pointed to Sanders\u0026#039;s success with independents, saying the exit polls are a sign that the senator could beat President Donald Trump in November.\u0022He is a stronger candidate than Biden against Trump,\u0022 tweeted Ocasio-Cortez. \u0022I’m not just saying that because we align on progressive policy. I\u0026#039;m saying it because I believe it is true.\u0022.@BernieSanders is also much, much stronger with independent voters who we will need in November.He is a stronger candidate than Biden against Trump. I’m not just saying that because we align on progressive policy. I’m saying it because I believe it is true.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 6, 2020In 2016, independent voters supported President Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.\u0022The criteria by which we should judge any Democratic presidential candidate\u0026#039;s electability is their popularity among Democratic-leaning independents and \u0026#039;true independents\u0026#039; in swing states,\u0022 wrote Nathan Tankus at Jacobin earlier this month. \u0022And by that metric, Sanders excels.\u0022Biden\u0026#039;s electoral strategy is leaving independents and other groups out in the same way that Clinton\u0026#039;s did, added Tankus—putting his potential success in November in question.\u0026nbsp;\u0022Biden has little shot of improving upon the expected turnout boosts from anti-Trump sentiment because of his weakness among younger people and Latino voters as well as his underwhelming field operation,\u0022 Tankus wrote. \u0022There would be no equivalent to a South Carolina primary to save Biden in the general election—especially not if he\u0026#039;s repeating the same failed strategy as Hillary Clinton, which kept Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents unenthusiastic and disengaged.\u0022Unless the Democratic candidate energizes Democratic-leaning independents and independents who don\u0026#039;t lean toward any party affiliation, he added, the party will not be able to boost turnout in 2020.\u0022Sanders\u0026#039;s strategy is not a pie-in-the-sky leftist dream, but a straightforward, clear-eyed understanding of electoral math,\u0022 Tankus wrote.NYU Law School professor Rob Howse pointed to recent polling that showed American voters\u0026#039; views on healthcare to help explain why Sanders has had success with independent voters which would likely carry over into the general election.This is one among many reasons why Bernie Sanders is so strong among independent voters. #M4A https://t.co/2lBpHEkeCh— Rob Howse (@howserob) March 7, 2020More than Democrats and Republicans, independents in the survey by the Financial Times said they believed rising healthcare costs are the biggest threat to the U.S. economy.