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Report: Top Democrats Hatching Plan To Force Sanders Out

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The Democratic establishment is trying to urge Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont to exit the Democratic primary, according to a new report from CNN.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada called Sanders out in May and made the argument that the challenger to Hillary Clinton should quit the race after the remaining states vote on June 7, according to CNN sources.

Sanders, meanwhile, has vowed to stay in the race until the convention and said he hopes to persuade superdelegates to back him for the party's nomination.

New Hampshire Democratic Party vice chairwoman Martha Fuller Clark, a superdelegate, threw her support behind Sanders June 2.

Another Sanders backer, Maureen Monahan, who is vice chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party, said in a statement, according to Politico:

In the primaries and caucuses held so far, Senator Sanders has won about 45 percent of the pledged delegates, yet has pledges from only about 6 percent of the 'super delegates.' No wonder Sanders voters are so frustrated with the party. Party leaders need to acknowledge and embrace Senator Sanders and his supporters. That is why today I am pledging my super delegate vote to Senator Sanders. I am encouraging all still unpledged super delegates to support Senator Sanders as well. We need new energetic people in the Democratic Party to spread our effective message.

Clinton needs only 70 more delegates to reach the clinching number of 2,383. But that is because of her large number of superdelegates. Without them, she would need 614. However, that is still significantly fewer than what Sanders would need. The Vermont senator has 1,547 delegates, including 46 superdelegates, meaning he would need 836 to clinch the nomination. But Sanders hopes to win several primary states on June 7 and use that to influence superdelegates so that he has the best chances of beating presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in the general election.

"Our campaign has been dismissed and written off more times than I can count," Sanders said June 2 in Palo Alto, CA, according to CNN. "We're going to leave California with enormous momentum going into the convention. And I believe we've got a real shot to come out of that convention with the Democratic nomination for president of the United States."

Sanders leads Clinton in California, according to the latest poll from the University of Southern California/ Los Angeles Times. The largest state in the country, California will award 475 delegates on June 7. Including New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana, a total of 694 delegates will be up for grabs that day.

Sources: CNN, Los Angeles Times, Politico / Photo credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr

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