Bernie Sanders is close to becoming an afterthought in the presidential race. With so much room to make up in the race for delegates, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the Vermont senator, who is running for the Democratic ticket, should bow out while he can. According to CNN, Bernie Sanders is facing over an 800 delegate deficit, if the super delegates are included, in the race versus Hillary Clinton.
Heading into a pivotal week of politicking and state primaries, Bernie Sanders is in a do-or-die situation. Bernie Sanders must win just about every state remaining, while swaying some of the super delegates to his direction. Thus far, the super delegates have been heavily in Hillary Clinton’s favor.
The Indiana primary is this Tuesday. And Indiana is a state where Bernie Sanders can gain some ground because there are 83 delegates at stake. It would be wishful thinking that he could win in a landslide victory. Unfortunately for him, even in his decisive victories, he tends to wind up with the same amount of delegates as Hillary Clinton.
The losses in the Democratic primaries from last week were crippling to Bernie Sanders. The Vermont senator only won one of the five states during last Tuesday’s primaries. Rhode Island, the only victory for Sanders, only awarded 24 delegates. He won 55 percent of the vote in the small state. That only earned him 13 delegates.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton won Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Each of those states carried more than 55 delegates, with the exception of Delaware.
Going into last week’s Democratic primaries, Bernie Sanders could ill afford to lose the New York or Maryland elections. The fact that he did put him in a considerable bind. Now his supporters are beginning to realize the inevitable. Bernie Sanders will most likely lose the Democratic presidential bid to Hillary Clinton.
Bernie Sanders’ supporters are still strongly behind him, but the donors to his campaign are dwindling down.
The New York Post reported that the fund-raising for Bernie Sanders’s campaign sank 40 percent in the month of April. Financially, Sanders’ campaign took such a big hit that he had to lay off 255 of his workers.
Bernie Sanders was able to explain why he made the tough decision regarding his campaign employees.
“We want to win as many delegates as we can, so we do not need workers now in states around the country. We don’t need people right now in Connecticut. That election is over. We don’t need them in Maryland. So what we are going to do is allocate our resources to the 14 contests that remain, and that means that we are going to be cutting back on staff.”
We have had a very large staff, which was designed to deal with 50 states in this country; 40 of the states are now behind us. So we have had a great staff, great people.”
Since Bernie Sanders is facing win or else times, he needs to have all hands on deck for Indiana. There is still time for him to steal some momentum from Hillary Clinton in hopes of having a contested Democratic convention in July, as he told ABC News.
“She will need super delegates to take her over the top of the convention in Philadelphia. In other words, the convention will be a contested contest.”
Bernie Sanders also added how he believes the super delegates should be allocated.
“If I win a state with 70 percent of the votes you know what, I think I’m entitled to those super delegates. I think that the super delegates should reflect what the people in the state want.”
The problem is that he is right, but the super delegate system is what has doomed him from the start.
In order to turn things around, Sanders will have to slightly alter his rhetoric. What he stands for is what millions of Americans want. The problem is that most Americans do not believe his policies can actually happen. He has to come out during his rallies and town halls and explain how his policies will come to fruition. As long as his plans are feasible, he stands a small chance at forcing a contested convention. As it stands now, he is going to be the runner up to Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders better do something quick or be forced to concede.
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