Sanders: Loss in California primary won’t end presidential bid

Referring to the California primary as the “big enchilada,” Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders refused to say whether he would end his bid for the Democratic nomination should he lose in the Golden State on June 7.

Asked by Meet the Press host Chuck Todd if a California loss would mean his campaign is over, Sanders responded:

“Obviously, if we don’t do well in California, it will make our path much, much harder. No question about it. But I think we have a good chance to winning California, maybe win big, and maybe win four or five of the other states that are off on June 7th.”

Sanders continued to say his campaign has overcome numerous odds winning 20 primaries and caucuses and would fight til the last vote is cast.

Mentioning possible paths to a nomination victory, Sanders outlined three possible scenarios:  First, win California and perform above expectations in five other primary states; second, enter into conversation with superdelegates representing states in which Sanders won primaries convincingly and request they express the will of their state’s primary voters at the convention; and third, appeal to superdelegates who committed to Hillary Clinton prior to the beginning of primaries.

The latest polls in California show Hillary Clinton with a narrowing lead of eight points, according to the RealClear Politics average.


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