Bernie Sanders Can Still Be The Democratic Nominee: June 7 Voters Have The Power And Their Options Are Clear

Bernie Sanders still has a good chance to win the nomination. Clinton supporters want the public to think the primary is over, but that just isn’t true. There are still 714 winnable delegates in play, and an additional 67 delegates yet to be assigned when the votes are counted in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. So far, the counting process is going slowly.

On June 7, there will be 694 pledged delegates up for grabs, including 475 delegates from California. The District of Columbia will offer another 20 in the final primary on June 14, according to Real Clear Politics. In addition, another 67 delegates will be assigned for votes cast this weekend and are yet to be counted in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Bernie Sanders could still take the popular vote going into the convention, easily enough. Though mainstream media is claiming those Hillary superdelegates as a sure thing, they certainly are not, and those votes do not count until they are cast. Any or all of those delegates could change their votes in light of recent events. They are no more obligated to vote for Hillary than anyone answering a poll is obligated to vote for the same candidate months later in an actual election or primary.

Bernie Sanders was largely unknown to many Democrats in the early primaries, and so was the extent of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. No one at that time could have guessed the white-haired gentleman from Vermont could be such a powerhouse of inspiration. Young voters under 30 have packed out stadiums throughout the country with tens of thousands descending on some really huge venues just to see Sanders. Now, the facts are out, and voters have felt the Bern. A strong stand on June 7, could easily sway superdelegates to Sanders.

Hillary Clinton’s email debacle may have seemed silly at first, but now voters know the FBI finds it very serious. The question is not whether she will be indicted but when, according to Blasting News. Would it not be less embarrassing for her to lose the convention, before the general election, rather than have her resign or be disqualified later?

Bernie Sanders will take the contest all the way to the convention. California voters, New Jersey voters, and other June 7 voters will matter a lot in this situation. These voters will need to take another long hard look at the candidates and consider who they are choosing — not just for themselves, but for the nation — with knowledge that previous voters were not privy to at the time they voted.

Hillary Clinton has won 1,776 delegates, while Bernie has 1,501; that is a difference of 275 delegates, which means that Sanders is closing the superdelegate lead. With 781 more delegates still to be counted, he has a very good chance of winning more pledged delegates than Hillary. How is it that much of the mainstream media insists Hillary has nearly won? For whatever reason, they are reporting it that way, but it is not that simple. Anything could happen with the popular vote producing won delegates in the next few days.

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A Bernie Sanders landslide in California and New Jersey would be huge for Bernie, and it could change the course of this primary completely. It isn’t too late, and the primary polls so far are very close. Bernie is rising rapidly. A few big wins could put Bernie ahead.

Hillary Clinton is certainly not within 60 votes of the nomination. A democratic candidate needs 2,382 delegate votes to win. She would still need 606 votes to get the nomination without the superdelegates, and she is not likely to get them in these primaries. Neither candidate will likely get enough won delegates to take the nomination, and it will be up to the superdelegates. If Sanders has the majority, or a nearly equal number, that could tilt the scales in his favor with many superdelegates.

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Bernie Sanders could still end up with more won delegates than Hillary and in this primary. This race is still far too close to call. They both have an equal chance of becoming the nominee, under all these strange circumstances.

Bernie Sanders is still a viable candidate, and has at least as good of a chance as Hillary Clinton of becoming our next president if those voting in June choose to make it happen.

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