WASHINGTON: White House presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said many of his primary losses to fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton took place because “poor people don’t vote,” in interview excerpts released Saturday. Sanders has centered much of his presidential campaign on fighting income inequality, but he lost to Clinton in 16 of 17 US states with the biggest pay gaps. When asked during an interview with NBC television’s “Meet the Press” program about why he lost in such places, he quipped: “Well, because poor people don’t vote. I mean, that’s just a fact. That’s a sad reality of American society.” But Sanders insisted that “we have to transform” that trend.