Coming off of a sweep of three big wins over Hillary Clinton this past weekend, Bernie Sanders has unveiled his plan for victory and it lies through winning the battle for superdelegates.
Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver says the key lies in gaining so much momentum with the public, that the superdelegates will be unable to deny them.
“It would be easy for them at this point to be pledged to Hillary Clinton, given some of the media narrative and the establishment support she has,” Weaver told reporters. “The fact that they have yet to do that, I think, demonstrates that there is certainly a large number of superdelegates who have some reluctance about Secretary Clinton’s campaign.”
Joel Benenson, Clinton’s campaign manager, has targeted April 26 as the day that Clinton will lock up the nomination.
“We expect to come out of that day with a pledged and total delegate lead that will make clear who the nominee will be, and it’s going to be Hillary Clinton,” he said.
Given the current landscape of the race, Benenson’s prediction seems unlikely.
Sanders needs to win just a little more than half of remaining delegates, 57 percent, to reach the magic number of 2, 383 to clinch the nomination.
As it stands now, Sanders is winning the fundraising fight. After this past Saturday, Sanders raised $4 million in a two day period. In the month of February, Sanders out-raised Clinton by $13 million.
On top of all of this Sanders has closed in on Clinton in the national polls, where he used to trail quite severely.
In the latest NBC News/SurveyMonkey online tracking poll, Sanders had closed in on Clinton’s lead and reduced it to the single digits.
“I think the momentum is with us,” Sanders said. “A lot of these superdelegates may rethink their position with Hillary Clinton. A lot have not yet declared. And then you have got superdelegates who are in states where we win by 40 or 50 points. I think their own constituents are going to say to them, ‘Hey, why don’t you support the people of our state, vote for Sanders?’”
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