Will Bernie Sanders Drop Out After Super Tuesday? The Vermont Senator Isn't Scrubbed Just Yet
The Super Tuesday results have been pouring in, with Hillary Clinton winning Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, and she is projected to win Virginia and the American Samoa caucuses in the Democratic primaries. Donald Trump has taken Alabama, Massachusetts, and Tennessee in the Republican primaries. Bernie Sanders has won in his home state of Vermont, and the Democratic votes in Massachusetts and Oklahoma are currently still too close to call. But will Sanders drop out if he doesn't win Super Tuesday?
So far, Sanders is far behind Clinton when it comes to his delegate count. He currently holds 158 to her 723, and in order to win the nomination one of them will have to win 2,383 total delegates. The results have been coming in Tuesday night with Clinton in the lead. Even so, Sanders' campaign raised a whopping $5.7 million in just one day before Super Tuesday, giving him a financial boost to continue his campaign through the rest of the primaries. The Vermont senator has been expected to win states with whiter demographics, such as Massachusetts, Colorado, and Minnesota in Tuesday's contest, but if he doesn't, it could signal the alarms for the future success of his campaign moving forward.
Sanders' campaign still holds high hopes of winning the nomination, however. His campaign manager Jeff Weaver told reporters on Monday:
Not only are we going to smash Secretary Clinton’s personal goal of raising $50 million in the first quarter of 2016, our supporters are putting Bernie on the path to win the nomination. Our supporters are a firewall protecting Bernie from the Clinton campaign’s wealthiest donors and super PACs.
Sanders has continuously maintained that he will remain in the election until the Democratic National Convention in June.
At an event at Milton High School in Massachusetts on Monday night, Sanders told his supporters, "We started this campaign at 3 percent in the polls, 67 points behind Clinton. You know, at the end of tomorrow I think 15 states will have spoken. Last I heard we have a lot more than 15 states in the United States of America, and I think it is more than appropriate to give all of those states and the people in those states a chance to vote for the candidate of their choice."
While the trail to this summer's Democratic convention is definitely going to be an uphill battle for Sanders, it sounds like he is in it to win it.
Check out his winning speech after taking his home state Vermont: