Democratic hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a news conference on Saturday that he plans to continue fighting for the Democratic presidential nomination after the primary season wraps up June 14 in Washington D.C.
Currently Sanders is trailing Clinton 1,769 pledged delegates to Sanders’ 1,501. Clinton also reportedly has 544 superdelegates for a total of 2,313, just 70 shy of the 2,383 needed to clinch the nomination. Sanders has just 46 superdelegates and a total of 1,547 delegates.
Looking at a 2,313 to 1,547 deficit with just weeks remaining until the July Democratic Convention is a daunting gap to overcome..
Sanders, however, said it’s winnable, because the superdelegate selections won’t be made until the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia.
“The media is in error when they lump superdelegates with pledged delegates. Pledged delegates are real. Hillary Clinton will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to win the Democratic nomination at the end of the nominating process on June 14. Won’t happen. She will be dependent on superdelegates.”
“The Democratic National Convention will be a contested convention… We understand that we have a steep climb. I’m not here to tell you that tomorrow we’re going to flip 300 superdelegates. You don’t hear me say that. But I am saying we are going to make the case.”
California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota hold their primaries on Tuesday. Washington, D.C., holds the final nominating contest of the primary season on June 14.
Sanders also had some words about The Clinton Foundation.