With steely determination, Jeff Weaver — campaign manager for Bernie Sanders — predicted on Tuesday the Vermont senator would win the Democratic nomination in what he expects to be an open convention in Philadelphia.
“If you look at the math, if you want to talk about math, the truth is is that it is very, very, very unlikely that either candidate, either Secretary Clinton or Senator Sanders, will go into the convention with a majority needed of pledged delegates in order to win.”
“I think what this campaign is looking for and what the senator is looking for is going into the convention and coming out with the nomination,” Jeff Weaver told host Chris Cuomo during an appearance on CNN’s New Day.
Responding to the full-throated talk from a memo published on Medium Monday evening in which Clinton spokesman Robby Mook laid bare Clinton’s argument she has built a “nearly insurmountable” delegate lead, Weaver was unimpressed and suggested Mook was leaping to conclusions:
“When we arrive at the convention, it will be an open convention, likely with neither candidate having a majority of pledged delegates.”
According to AP, Senator Sanders has earned 1,030 delegates from primaries and state caucuses and an additional 31 superdelegates; Hillary Clinton has won 1,280 primary or caucus delegates with an additional 469 superdelegates pledged to her campaign.
2,383 delegates are need to win the Democratic nomination.
The Clinton campaign has a peculiar fixation with its superdelegates.
Remove the superdelegates from Hillary’s tally and the “nearly insurmountable” lead Mook mentions dwindles to 250.
Allied to her campaign through unceasing negotiation with party officials to guarantee her nomination, Clinton either convinced herself of superdelegates blind loyalty or she is plain naïve.
Superdelegates can switch affiliation and have been known to exercise this option.
A pox on fairness, the superdelegate trickery to which the Clinton campaign has resorted could eventually backfire should Mr. Sanders continue to build on momentum gained in six-straight primary wins.
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