Despite an uphill battle ahead, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is confident in his chances at taking home the Democratic nomination. Standing in Sanders’ way is his opponent, Hillary Clinton, who has already won in two of the three states that have held primaries. With a potential loss looming in South Carolina, which states does Sanders need to win to beat out Clinton?
According to Five Thirty Eight, Sanders is actually in better shape than most people are giving him credit. After all, the recent primaries were held in states where Clinton’s supporter are strong, which makes his close contest in Iowa and even his loss in Nevada impressive.
That being said, Sanders does have a lot of work ahead if we wants to gain significant delegates on Super Tuesday. This means he’ll have to make some headway in the polls in Ohio and Pennsylvania, where he needs to at least finish close to Clinton.
Overall, Sanders needs to win in Vermont, Colorado, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. If he wins in all of the these states by a large margin then he will be back on track as far as delegate numbers are concerned. The bad news is that Sanders and Clinton are just about tied in Oklahoma while he’s far behind in Tennessee.
Despite these odds, Bernie Sanders remains confident that he can pull off a political upset. In fact, during a recent press conference, ABC News is reporting that Sanders responded directly to the rumors that he doesn’t have a shot at winning and promised that he isn’t giving up on South Carolina just yet.
“We are fighting here in South Carolina as hard as we can but within the context, you know, I think Secretary Clinton was in California the other day, I mean she is writing off the state, that’s the real world that we are living.”
Sanders went on to ask the crowd of reporters how many delegates were available on Super Tuesday. The answer is 880, which Sanders thinks he can win the majority. “Know what?” He asked. “We’re going to win a lot of them.”
At the same time, Sanders commented that the issue of how many delegates he can win in South Carolina is not his primary focus. Instead, the candidate touched on some of the real issues faces the state today.
“Here we are talking about children in South Carolina in the wealthiest country in the world who have nothing and you’re asking me to predict to you how many votes I am going to get? I don’t know. Nor do you. I will tell you the answer to that on Wednesday, how’s that.”
According to The Nation, there are other factors involved in Sanders’ bid for the nomination. While many of Clinton’s supporters have already declared a victory for the former First Lady, there is evidence that suggests Sanders might be the better opponent against whoever comes out on the Republican side.
After all, Sanders has been able to withstand all the criticism thrown his way in recent months, which has not affected his appeal to younger voters. Furthermore, Sanders is often viewed as the one candidate outside of the mainstream of politics, which is something a lot of voters are counting on in the coming election.
In the end, the coming primaries will largely determine the outcome of the presidential race and whether or not Sanders has enough delegates to challenge Clinton’s bid for nomination. He has a long and hard road ahead, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility to see Sanders win.
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