After Hillary Clinton had told CNN that she will be the Democratic nominee, Sen. Bernie Sanders issued a statement where he painted the Democratic nomination as still up for grabs.
In response to former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton telling CNN that she will be the Democratic nominee, Sen. Bernie Sanders said, “In the past three weeks voters in Indiana, West Virginia, and Oregon respectfully disagreed with Secretary Clinton. We expect voters in the remaining eight contests also will disagree. And with almost every national and state poll showing Sen. Sanders doing much, much better than Secretary Clinton against Donald Trump, it is clear that millions of Americans have growing doubts about the Clinton campaign.”
The Sanders campaign was implying that there is still some room for debate about who will be the Democratic nominee, but that room for debate is 4%. Hillary Clinton is 96% of the way to clinching the Democratic nomination. Sen. Sanders did win in Oregon, Indiana, and West Virginia, but Hillary Clinton won in Guam and Kentucky, so the Democratic voters in those contests disagreed with Sen. Sanders.
At some point, the denial of basic math begins to look silly. Sen. Sanders should stay in the race. He has an important message on the issues that he should deliver to every remaining Democratic primary voter, but Bernie Sanders is not going to be the Democratic nominee.
The Sanders campaign has worked hard to build a movement, which they are hoping will continue after the Democratic primary ends, but implying that they still have a shot at the Democratic nomination is far fetched. If the Democratic Party awarded their delegates on a winner take all basis, Sen. Sanders would still have a remote chance of being the Democratic nominee, but the proportional allocation of delegates means that it is a matter of when Hillary Clinton becomes the nominee, not if she will win the nomination.
Sen. Sanders is keeping his promise to fight until every ballot has been cast, but his claim that there is still any doubt about who will be the Democratic nominee is not realistic. By no later than June 7, Hillary Clinton will have enough delegate support to be the Democratic nominee.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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