Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont lost the April 19 New York primary to Hillary Clinton, but his campaign isn't giving up hope.
After losing New York to Clinton by 16 points, about the same percentage that Clinton beat Barack Obama in 2008, Sanders sent a letter to supporters about his intention to “keep fighting” for the nomination.
“We still have a path to the nomination, and our plan is to win the pledged delegates in this primary,” Sanders wrote, reports Washington Examiner. “Next week five states vote, and there are A LOT of delegates up for grabs. I am going to keep fighting for every vote, for every delegate, because each is a statement of support for the values we share.”
The delegate math does not look good for Sanders. The New York primary gave Clinton 139 delegates and Sanders won 106. Clinton now has 1,428 pledges delegates and Sanders has 1,151. To clinch the nomination, a candidate needs 2,383.
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Clinton also has the vast support of superdelegates, the Democratic Party elite and financiers who individually count as an entire delegate vote. Clinton has 502 superdelegates backing her, while Sanders only has 38. Superdelegates are able to change their mind up to the convention and the Sanders campaign hopes it can convince more of them to switch sides.
Despite the deficit in superdelegates, Sanders' campaign manager Jeff Weaver told MSNBC the campaign is planning on taking the fight all the way “to the convention."
"It is extremely unlikely that either candidate will have the requisite number of pledged delegates to get to this number,” Weaver said, referring to the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch. “So it is going to be an election determined by the superdelegates."
And Sanders believes he can convince some superdelegates to choose him over Clinton.
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“I think the momentum is with us. A lot of these superdelegates may rethink their position with Hillary Clinton,” Sanders told CNN in March. “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?'"