Bernie Sanders’ chances of winning the Democratic nomination might have taken a huge blow after Hillary Clinton won the New York primary, but the Vermont senator is not giving up on the race yet.
With 95 percent of New York’s precincts reporting, Clinton held a commanding advantage over Sanders, leading him by almost 15 points. The resounding victory means that Clinton gets closer to the nomination, having padded her delegate lead over Bernie Sanders, in the process depriving the Vermont senator of a crucial opportunity to close the gap.
“There’s no place like home,” said a beaming Clinton at a victory party in Midtown. “We’ve won in every region of the country, from the North to the South, to the East to the West, but this one is personal.”
But while the victory gives Hillary Clinton a major boost in the race, Bernie Sanders vowed not to give up even in the face of defeat in the New York primary, according to Dispatch.com.
Speaking at a rally in State College in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, Sanders maintained that he still has a shot at victory.
“The race for the nomination is in the home stretch, and victory is in sight.
“We’ve got a shot to victory. We have come a very long way in the last 11 months, and we are going to fight this out until the end of the process.”
Amid calls that Bernie Sanders should withdraw from the race, the Vermont senator’s persistence does not seem unfounded. In fact, according to a report in the Hill, Sanders managed to win more counties in New York despite losing out the primary to Hillary Clinton.
The report claimed that Clinton’s victory came in large part from her sweeping victories in all of New York City’s five boroughs and the surrounding counties, as well as the cities of Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.”
Moreover, the numbers show that winning the nomination is not completely outside Bernie Sanders’ reach. According to ABC News, Clinton is expected to pick up at least 135 delegates in New York, while Sanders is expected to at least pick up 104 delegates, with eight delegates remaining to be allocated pending final vote tallies.
Although the margin of victory boosts Clinton’s chances of clinching the nomination, nothing is assured yet for the former Secretary of State. The Clinton campaign will underestimate Sanders at its own peril, and having seen the Vermont senator build such a large following from being a virtually unknown entity in mainstream politics in the beginning of the campaign, Clinton will know that victory in the New York primary does not guarantee her the nomination.
Bernie Sanders has already shown that he is capable of putting up a string of wins in the presidential race, and if he could do that once again beginning next Tuesday, Clinton might find herself in a difficult position at a later stage in her campaign.
As Bernie Sanders has previously claimed, big wins in the remaining states might begin to tilt the superdelegates in his favor. The recent statement of Illinois Congressman Dan Lipinski, who said he will vote for the Vermont senator if there’s a contested Democratic convention this summer, validates that claim.
With Pennsylvania, California, and New Jersey still to vote, offering a total number of 790 pledged delegates between them, the Democratic race for the nomination is not wrapped up yet, and both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will know that better than anyone else.
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