Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders' race to see who will clinch the Democratic nomination may be at its end — Clinton is the presumed Democratic nominee based on the number of delegates she has managed to secure, the Associated Press reports. But, that doesn't mean Bernie Sanders fans are willing to throw in the towel just yet. Why do Bernie Sanders' supporters say he could still win? Well, it's because it's absolutely possible — just highly unlikely.
On Monday, June 6, the Associated Press was among the first to report that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had won 2,383 delegates, which is the number needed for her to secure presumptive party nominee status over the Vermont Senator. The announcement is a historic one, because if Clinton does secure her party's nomination, she will be the first woman ever to do so while running for President. However, the nomination, while likely, isn't completely guaranteed. Clinton is the presumptive nominee until superdelegates cast their official vote during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia later this summer. And, while it seems like they will most likely align themselves behind Clinton, it's possible that Sanders could sway pledged superdelegates in his direction before the DNC.
Sanders himself has said he is not giving up. Following news that Clinton was the anticipated nominee, Sanders' campaign released the following statement:
"Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then."
You can check out the full statement, here:
As for Bernie supporters? They believe the Vermont Senator still has the influence to win over delegate allegiance before the July 25 deadline, and many are calling for others to vote for Sanders in the California primary on June 7, despite Clinton's apparent edge:
Again, Bernie winning the nomination is a long shot, but it's possible. And, if there is one thing we've learned from this election season, it's that anything can happen.