Speaking at a news conference in Washington DC on Sunday, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told a room full of reporters that he and his underdog campaign are taking their fight all the way to Philadelphia.
Although the Sanders camp remains down by 808 total delegates to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the margin for pledged delegates specifically is only 327; it is the disproportionate superdelegate count that Sanders cited on Sunday as the reason the fight must go on.
Sanders said, “It is virtually impossible for Secretary Clinton to reach the majority of convention delegates by June 14 with pledged delegates alone. She will need superdelegates to take her over the top of the convention in Philadelphia. In other words, the convention will be a contested convention… There are 10 states remaining, where we are going to be vigorously competing.” Sanders is hoping to convince superdelegates to come to his side specifically in states where he defeated Clinton with a wide margin.
Previously, the self-described Democratic Socialist has said that his campaign would stay in the race through the California primary on June 7th before making a decision. For all of the conjecture that goes on regarding a possibly contested convention in Cleveland for the Republicans, little talk has surrounded the same scenario on the left; the Democratic convention begins July 25th in Philadelphia, an event that the Clinton campaign had hoped could focus on party unity before the general election months.
Watch the above portion of the press conference from CSPAN.
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