The surprisingly competitive Democratic primaries served as “foreshadowing” for Hillary Clinton’s eventual general election defeat, says Jeff Weaver, a longtime top aide to Bernie Sanders.

“Most of the country would be colored [Sanders’] color versus Secretary Clinton’s,” Weaver, who served as Sanders’ campaign chairman, said during a conference call Tuesday evening held by MayDay.us, a grassroots group dedicated to campaign finance reform.

Many of the millions of Millennials old enough to vote, who were largely energized by Sanders’ progressive campaign during the primaries, stayed home on Nov. 8, Weaver pointed out.

The 74-year-old (now 75) democratic socialist, who conceded the Democratic nomination to Clinton over the summer and later supported her presidential campaign, was very popular among Millennials due in part to his efforts to address issues impacting the younger generation, including his promise to make college tuition free.

Weaver said Clinton’s share of vote among Millennials (55 percent), which among voters 18 to 29 slipped by 5 percent from Obama’s numbers in 2012, was a “really disappointing number.”

Where Donald Trump largely carried small cities and rural areas during the general election, which fueled his victory, Weaver suggested that Sanders would have put up a good fight because he succeeded in those places during the primary. Meanwhile Clinton’s main body of support came from the larger urban areas, which typically lean heavily Democratic, during the primaries and general election alike.

Although union organizations largely threw their endorsements behind Clinton during the primaries, union households supported Trump in “historically high” numbers, Weaver said.

And despite the media narrative, Sanders over-performed among African American and Latino voters, Weaver added.

Addressing the general election across the board, at both the presidential and local levels, Weaver offered what he said the lesson of this campaign.

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