Bernie Sanders Predictions After Tuesday Indicate He Won't Give Up When The Acela Primary Is Over
With more and more polls suggesting Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's campaign will come out on top in the Democratic Acela Primary, what might Sanders do after Tuesday and votes are counted? The Democratic underdog has vowed to continue his campaign into June but party members are reportedly hoping he'll call it quits sooner rather than later. or at the very least change his tone.
Registered Democrats in Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, and Connecticut will head to the polls Tuesday to cast their vote in the party's presidential primary. With all but Rhode Island holding closed contests the odds aren't looking good for Sanders, who draws significant support from Independents. The senator leads by a small margin in Rhode Island but is currently trailing behind Clinton in polls from Maryland and Pennsylvania. A poor performance Tuesday would certainly be a setback for Sanders' campaign, which has already found its path to the nomination considerably narrower, but how might Tuesday change Sanders future?
New York was said to be a must-win primary for the Vermont senator. But Clinton dominated the polls, pulling 139 of the state's 247 delegates. His loss was a major blow to Sanders, who's campaign had been building momentum following back to back wins in seven states.
As Clinton celebrated her victory in the Empire State, Sanders' campaign manager Jeff Weaver said they'd be taking the campaign all the way to the party's July convention. Just over a week later, Sanders reiterated his commitment to seeing his campaign through to the end, telling ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos that "we intend to take the fight all the way to California so people throughout this country have a right to determine who they want as president and what kind of agenda they want for the Democratic Party."
Although determined to surge forward, Sanders isn't oblivious to the how his loss in New York changed the math behind the delegate race. In an interview on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, he acknowledged that standing before him was now a "narrow path to victory" but stressed his campaign was "not writing our obituary."
Most party insiders, however, don't appear to be on the same page. According to Politico, half think Sanders should drop out of the 2016 election before the presidential primary is over, thereby giving Clinton smooth sailing to the nomination. Just 39 percent said Sanders should see his campaign through to the final primary of the election (June 14 in D.C.) but concede immediately after if still behind in delegates. "Only 1 in 10 Democratic insiders said Sanders should try to woo superdelegates to help him overtake Clinton on the convention floor in Philadelphia if he finishes the primary season trailing in pledged delegates," the news outlet reported.
Members of the Democratic party are also hoping Sanders will at least adopt a less critical tone toward Clinton should she dominate Tuesday's primary contests. According to NPR, there is concern within the party that his campaign's continued attacks on Clinton could prove to have long term damage at a time when attention is beginning to turn toward the general election. So far Sanders hasn't shown any signs he'll adopt a more conciliatory tone regarding Clinton.
Sanders' next move might be clearer when the dust from Tuesday's primaries has settled, but one thing seems certain, neither Sanders or his supporters are ready to give up their fight for a political revolution.