Posted: 7:52 pm Sunday, May 1st, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
In an unusual Sunday afternoon news conference in Washington, D.C., Bernie Sanders appealed to Democratic Party superdelegates, arguing they should switch their support away from Hillary Clinton, as Sanders made the case that he is the most electable Democrat in November.
“I think the evidence is extremely clear that I would be the stronger candidate to defeat Trump or any other Republican,” Sanders said in remarks at the National Press Club.
In his statement to reporters, Sanders fully acknowledged that he trails Clinton in the race to get to the 2,383 delegates needed to secure the Democratic Party nomination for President – but he says Clinton will not get to that majority without superdelegates.
“In other words, the convention will be a contested contest,” Sanders said, echoing some of the arguments going on among Republicans at this point as well.
But while Sanders talks about a delegate comeback to catch Clinton, most election observers are giving him no chance.
Sanders cannot wrap his head around the fact that more voters want Clinton to be the nominee than want Sanders.
— Harry Enten (@ForecasterEnten) May 1, 2016
But Sanders made clear again on Sunday, that he is not leaving this race early, and will compete through California on June 7, and through the final primary in the District of Columbia on June 14.
As for Clinton, she has been focusing her comments of late more on Donald Trump and others in the Republican Party, steering clear of Sanders.
Recent polling seems to give Clinton the edge, as she has led in every poll in the last week in the Hoosier State.
But, as we have seen before, the polls are not always right. The voters get to make their choice on Tuesday in Indiana.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.