No matter how you twist the numbers, there’s no longer any way for Bernie Sanders to win the Democratic nomination with pledged delegates. He simply has no viable path to the Democratic nomination and when he says he does, he’s giving his supporters unfounded hope.
There’s one more reason for Bernie Sanders focus his energy on winning over super delegates — it’s now mathematically impossible for him to reach the magic number for the Democratic nomination by winning the remaining pledged delegates alone.
Even if he won every single delegate in remaining races in Guam, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oregon, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the District of Columbia (which he won’t), he’d still be 51 delegates short.
Despite these insurmountable odds, some of Bernie’s followers on Twitter are demanding #DropOutHillary. Bernie himself is demanding a California debate.
We’re entering the realm of the absurd.
Hillary could lose every remaining contest and still win the nomination. She will be the Democratic nominee.
Superdelegates will not flip. Bernie knows it. Jane Sanders knows it. Bernie’s senior aides know it.
When they claim to have a path to the nomination, it’s primarily to keep the money flowing. He’d be better served simply saying he wants to keep his voice out there. And then go after Trump hard.
[Peter Daou contributed to this article.]
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