Bernie Sanders Wants You To Start Running, Like Right Now
Tuesday is a big day for the primaries. It's the final big Super Tuesday for starters, with six states voting in North Dakota, California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota. It's also the final stretch in primary season. There are a lot of pledged delegates at stake for Democrats — 694 to be exact. And although we still might not know who the Democratic nominee will be after Tuesday night, we'll be just another step closer to the general election. Tuesday's votes are especially important, and with polls closing between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET — depending on what state you're in — there's still time to run to your voting location, as Bernie would say.
On Tuesday afternoon, at 4 p.m. local time, the Vermont Senator tweeted, "You still have time to run to your voting location before polls close. Get out and vote!" Sanders currently holds 1,521 of the 2,383 pledged delegates needed to secure the nomination, and California holds a large portion of them with 475 total. All delegates in Tuesday's primary will be allocated on a proportional basis, so Sanders' final call to vote is especially important for his campaign, which needs to win big in order to receive a large portion of the delegates at stake in Tuesday's states.
With just a few hours left for Americans to make their voices heard in the 2016 presidential primaries, Sanders is right. You better get running if you want to make it to your polling location in time to vote for your preferred Democratic candidate. You are literally running out of time. OK, no more running jokes.
Tuesday's primaries will be pivotal in the Democratic nominating process, although Hillary Clinton has already been named the presumptive nominee, and will likely have the delegates to show for it by the time all the results are in. So what does that mean for Bernie? Well, his run (OK, one more) for the White House most likely won't end just yet. Sanders has said he plans to take his campaign to the Democratic Convention in July where he hopes to win over the superdelegates who have pledged their allegiance to Clinton. However, that is no small task for the Vermont senator, whose current superdelegate count is at 48, compared to Clinton's 571.
So, run, my friend, run!