Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said April 20 that he still has a path to his party's presidential nomination despite losing the New York primary to Hillary Clinton April 19.
"We still have a path to the nomination, and our plan is to win the pledged delegates in this primary," Sanders told his supporters in an email, notes The Hill.
"Next week five states vote, and there are A LOT of delegates up for grabs," Sanders added. "I am going to keep fighting for every vote, for every delegate, because each is a statement of support for the values we share."
Sanders reportedly trails Clinton 1,428 to 1,151 among pledged delegates; however, that gap widens to 1,930 to 1,189 when the super delegates are counted.
Clinton is only 453 shy of the required number of delegates to win the nomination before the party's convention in July.
"I don’t see a clear path for them at this point," Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook told Yahoo! News host Katie Couric after the results came in for the Empire State April 19. "The numbers are pretty daunting."
Couric mentioned that the Sanders campaign was going to go after the super delegates, and Mook replied:
I find that odd because a few months ago the Sanders campaign was decrying super delegates, saying they were undemocratic and now they're presenting super delegates as their path to victory. I'm not concerned. Again, when Hillary walks into that convention leading with the popular vote, leading with the pledged delegates, I don’t understand the rationale for all these super delegates to suddenly support Sen. Sanders.
On April 19, before the New York results came in, Sanders told 77 WABC Radio that he was not quitting even he if lost the delegate-rich state, reports The Hill:
No, no we’re going to California. The people of every state in this country must have the right to make a choice about who they want to be the Democratic nominee, and that’s certainly going to happen. We’re going to the convention in Philadelphia, we’re going to be out in California, we’re going to be out in Oregon, we’ve got a number of states left that we’ve got to fight for. This is a very important day, but there are other days that follow.