Republicans see echoes of Trump's improbable rise in Sanders' surge

WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Bernie Sanders' surge to the front of the Democratic presidential contest has echoes of Donald Trump's improbable 2016 nomination, according to Republican strategists who tried and failed to stop the man who later won the presidency.

And the window for other Democrats to block the U.S. Senator from Vermont from winning the chance to take on Trump in November is closing fast, they said.

"We're not past the point where another Democrat, or a group of Democrats, could deny Sanders the nomination but we're getting pretty close," said Republican strategist Michael Steel, a senior adviser to Jeb Bush in 2016.

Four years ago, Trump's rivals - governors and U.S. senators facing a first-time candidate - held their fire, hoping to secure the businessman-turned-TV-host's supporters when his campaign flared out.

"But the inevitable implosion simply never occurred," Steel said.

Comparisons to Trump's unexpected win only go so far. Unlike Trump, Sanders is a veteran politician whose strong performance this election cycle follows the robust challenge he gave Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

Yet a similar pattern to Trump's nomination victory has played out in this year's Democratic contest as Sanders, who has often been at odds with the party apparatus, has been propelled into the role of front-runner.

Sanders, a democratic socialist, won early contests in New Hampshire and Nevada, and essentially tied with former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg in Iowa.

During last week's Democratic presidential debate, it was not Sanders but former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who took the most heat from rival candidates, though the billionaire has yet to compete in a nominating contest.

Democrats will debate again on Tuesday in Charleston, South Carolina, providing an opening for Sanders' rivals to put him in the crosshairs before the state's Saturday primary.

Sanders' rivals are worried.

The Bloomberg campaign warned this month it may be "all but impossible" to prevent Sanders from getting a plurality or majority of delegates if he performs as he is projected to do when 14 states and one U.S. territory vote in the Super Tuesday contest on March 3.

Buttigieg's campaign said in a memo last week that Sanders could come out of Super Tuesday with a "seemingly insurmountable lead" and "to stop this outcome, a viable alternative to Sanders needed to emerge."

'NOT A STRATEGY'

But no candidates have dropped out since Sanders' big Nevada win on Saturday.

"It's very hard for these candidates to look in the mirror and take advice they should get out. For some of them, there is no path. They can say 'Oh, if Bernie implodes or lightning hits the debate,' but that's not a strategy, that's a hope," said John Weaver, a top strategist for Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich's 2016 presidential bid. "There is a clear parallel with 2016 and Trump."

Democratic White House hopefuls are beginning to shift their efforts toward convincing voters that they are better suited to take on Trump in the Nov. 3 general election.

Buttigieg, while campaigning in the Super Tuesday state of Virginia over the weekend, said that Sanders, as a democratic socialist, would hurt other Democrats in U.S. House and Senate races.

At a Sunday rally in Colorado, which also votes on Super Tuesday, Senator Elizabeth Warren tried to draw a contrast with her longtime friend and liberal ally Sanders on Senate procedure, making the case that she was more likely to secure legislative wins.

Bloomberg's campaign is also targeting Sanders ahead of Super Tuesday. One ad released on Monday tied Sanders to the National Rifle Association, which Bloomberg has opposed.

Terry Sullivan, the campaign manager for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio's 2016 White House bid, said that Democrats, like Republicans with Trump, were slow to take Sanders' candidacy seriously.

"Don't be so confident that it will all work out and Bernie will lose," Sullivan said. "It's tough now to imagine a scenario where Bernie is not the nominee."

(Reporting by Amanda Becker and John Whitesides in Washington, additional reporting by Michael Martina in Detroit; Editing by Scott Malone and Alistair Bell)

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AUSTIN, TX - FEBRUARY 23: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his wife Jane Sanders wave to the crowd at the end of a campaign rally at Vic Mathias Shores Park on February 23, 2020 in Austin, Texas. With early voting underway in Texas, Sanders is holding four rallies in the delegate-rich state this weekend before traveling on to South Carolina. Texas holds their primary on Super Tuesday March 3rd, along with over a dozen other states. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - FEBRUARY 23: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally at Vic Mathias Shores Park on February 23, 2020 in Austin, Texas. With early voting underway in Texas, Sanders is holding four rallies in the delegate-rich state this weekend before traveling on to South Carolina. Texas holds their primary on Super Tuesday March 3rd, along with over a dozen other states. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - FEBRUARY 23: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally at Vic Mathias Shores Park on February 23, 2020 in Austin, Texas. With early voting underway in Texas, Sanders is holding four rallies in the delegate-rich state this weekend before traveling on to South Carolina. Texas holds their primary on Super Tuesday March 3rd, along with over a dozen other states. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - FEBRUARY 23: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his wife Jane Sanders arrive onstage for a campaign rally at Vic Mathias Shores Park on February 23, 2020 in Austin, Texas. With early voting underway in Texas, Sanders is holding four rallies in the delegate-rich state this weekend before traveling on to South Carolina. Texas holds their primary on Super Tuesday March 3rd, along with over a dozen other states. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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AUSTIN, TX - FEBRUARY 23: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally at Vic Mathias Shores Park on February 23, 2020 in Austin, Texas. With early voting underway in Texas, Sanders is holding four rallies in the delegate-rich state this weekend before traveling on to South Carolina. Texas holds their primary on Super Tuesday March 3rd, along with over a dozen other states. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - FEBRUARY 23: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally at Vic Mathias Shores Park on February 23, 2020 in Austin, Texas. With early voting underway in Texas, Sanders is holding four rallies in the delegate-rich state this weekend before traveling on to South Carolina. Texas holds their primary on Super Tuesday March 3rd, along with over a dozen other states. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - FEBRUARY 23: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally at Vic Mathias Shores Park on February 23, 2020 in Austin, Texas. With early voting underway in Texas, Sanders is holding four rallies in the delegate-rich state this weekend before traveling on to South Carolina. Texas holds their primary on Super Tuesday March 3rd, along with over a dozen other states. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - FEBRUARY 23: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) waves as he arrives onstage for a campaign rally at Vic Mathias Shores Park on February 23, 2020 in Austin, Texas. With early voting underway in Texas, Sanders is holding four rallies in the delegate-rich state this weekend before traveling on to South Carolina. Texas holds their primary on Super Tuesday March 3rd, along with over a dozen other states. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally at Houston University in Houston, Texas on February 23, 2020. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)
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HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 23: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally at the University of Houston on February 23, 2020 in Houston, Texas. With early voting underway in Texas, Sanders is holding four rallies in the delegate-rich state this weekend before traveling on to South Carolina. Texas holds their primary on Super Tuesday March 3rd, along with over a dozen other states. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 23: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally at the University of Houston on February 23, 2020 in Houston, Texas. With early voting underway in Texas, Sanders is holding four rallies in the delegate-rich state this weekend before traveling on to South Carolina. Texas holds their primary on Super Tuesday March 3rd, along with over a dozen other states. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders cheer during a rally at Houston University in Houston, Texas on February 23, 2020. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)
Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders cheer during a rally at Houston University in Houston, Texas on February 23, 2020. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - FEBRUARY 22: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his wife Jane Sanders wave as they exit the stage after winning the Nevada caucuses during a campaign rally at Cowboys Dancehall on February 22, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. With early voting underway in Texas, Sanders is holding four rallies in the delegate-rich state this weekend before traveling on to South Carolina. Texas holds their primary on Super Tuesday March 3rd, along with over a dozen other states. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TX - FEBRUARY 22: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his wife Jane Sanders wave as they exit the stage after winning the Nevada caucuses during a campaign rally at Cowboys Dancehall on February 22, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas. With early voting underway in Texas, Sanders is holding four rallies in the delegate-rich state this weekend before traveling on to South Carolina. Texas holds their primary on Super Tuesday March 3rd, along with over a dozen other states (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders cheer during a rally at the Abraham Chavez Theater on February 22, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. - Leftist Bernie Sanders took an early lead on February 22 in Nevada's caucuses, the third nominating contest for Democrats in their high-stakes process to see who will challenge Republican Donald Trump in November's presidential election. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders gestures as he speaks during a rally at the Abraham Chavez Theater on February 22, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. - Leftist Bernie Sanders took an early lead on February 22 in Nevada's caucuses, the third nominating contest for Democrats in their high-stakes process to see who will challenge Republican Donald Trump in November's presidential election. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders gestures as he speaks during a rally at the Abraham Chavez Theater on February 22, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. - Leftist Bernie Sanders took an early lead on February 22 in Nevada's caucuses, the third nominating contest for Democrats in their high-stakes process to see who will challenge Republican Donald Trump in November's presidential election. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)
Olivia Thomas holds a sign inside the Abraham Chavez Theater ahead of a rally for Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on February 22, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. - Leftist Bernie Sanders took an early lead on February 22 in Nevada's caucuses, the third nominating contest for Democrats in their high-stakes process to see who will challenge Republican Donald Trump in November's presidential election. (Photo by Paul Ratje / AFP) (Photo by PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images)
EL PASO, TX - FEBRUARY 22: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a campaign rally on February 22, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. With less than two weeks before Super Tuesday, Sen. Sanders is spending the weekend campaigning in Texas. (Photo by Cengiz Yar/Getty Images)
EL PASO, TX - FEBRUARY 22: People scream ahead of democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) taking the stage at a campaign rally on February 22, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. With less than two weeks before Super Tuesday, Sen. Sanders is spending the weekend campaigning in Texas. (Photo by Cengiz Yar/Getty Images)
EL PASO, TX - FEBRUARY 22: A woman holds a sign for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at a campaign rally on February 22, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. With less than two weeks before Super Tuesday, Sen. Sanders is spending the weekend campaigning in Texas. (Photo by Cengiz Yar/Getty Images)
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SANTA ANA, UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 21, 2020: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally in Santa Ana, California. Sanders is campaigning ahead of Super Tuesday and the California Democratic primary.- PHOTOGRAPH BY Ronen Tivony / Echoes Wire/ Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Ronen Tivony / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Supporters hold Bernie placards as Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a Get Out to Caucus Rally at Springs Preserve Amphitheater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 21, 2020. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 21: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) waves to supporters at a campaign rally for Sanders on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus will be held February 22. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 21: Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) hold a 'Bernie' sign at a campaign rally for Sanders on February 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus will be held February 22. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a Get Out to Caucus Rally at Springs Preserve Amphitheater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 21, 2020. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders greets supporters during a rally at Valley High School in Santa Ana, California, February 21, 2020. (Photo by RINGO CHIU / AFP) (Photo by RINGO CHIU/AFP via Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders addresses a rally at Valley High School in Santa Ana, California, February 21, 2020. (Photo by RINGO CHIU / AFP) (Photo by RINGO CHIU/AFP via Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders gestures as he speaks during a rally at Valley High School in Santa Ana, California, February 21, 2020. (Photo by RINGO CHIU / AFP) (Photo by RINGO CHIU/AFP via Getty Images)
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Democratic presidential hopefuls Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (L) and Former Vice President Joe Biden (R) participate in the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, Noticias Telemundo and The Nevada Independent at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopefuls Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speak during a break in the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, Noticias Telemundo and The Nevada Independent at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 19: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) smiles during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Paris Las Vegas on February 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Six candidates qualified for the third Democratic presidential primary debate of 2020, which comes just days before the Nevada caucuses on February 22. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders gestures during the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, Noticias Telemundo and The Nevada Independent at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo by MARK RALSTON/AFP via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 18: Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a rally at University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (Photo by Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 18: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his wife Jane Sanders participate in a march after a campaign rally at University of Nevada February 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sen. Sanders continues to campaign ahead of the upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus on February 22. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 15: Joined by members of Make the Road Action and his supporters, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), participates in a “March to the Polls” February 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sen. Sanders continues to campaign for the upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 15: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a “Get Out the Early Vote Rally” at Desert Pines High School February 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sen. Sanders continues to campaign for the upcoming Nevada Democratic presidential caucus. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 16: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to a large crowd of supporters at a rally in the Colorado Convention Center on February 16, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 16: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to a large crowd of supporters at a rally in the Colorado Convention Center on February 16, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 16: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to a large crowd of supporters at a rally in the Colorado Convention Center on February 16, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 16: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to a large crowd of supporters at a rally in the Colorado Convention Center on February 16, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NH - FEBRUARY 11: Senator Bernie Sanders stops to take a selfie with a supporter at his Primary Night Rally in Manchester, NH on Feb. 11, 2020. Bernie Sanders claimed victory in the first-of-the-nation primary in New Hampshire. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE - FEBRUARY 11: Jan Schaffer, of Warrner, NH, watches as results started to show on the screen ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate, Primary Night Celebration at SNHU Field House on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE - FEBRUARY 11: Supporters cheer as results start to show on the screen ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate, Primary Night Celebration at SNHU Field House on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE - FEBRUARY 11: Supporters cheer as results start to show on the screen ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate, Primary Night Celebration at SNHU Field House on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders stands with wife Jane O'Meara Sanders at a Primary Night event at the SNHU Field House in Manchester, New Hampshire on February 11, 2020. - Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire's crucial Democratic primary, beating moderate rivals Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar in the race to challenge President Donald Trump for the White House, US networks projected. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a Primary Night event at the SNHU Field House in Manchester, New Hampshire on February 11, 2020. - Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire's crucial Democratic primary, beating moderate rivals Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar in the race to challenge President Donald Trump for the White House, US networks projected. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
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