On the Democratic side in this presidential nomination fight, either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton needs to reach 2,383 delegates to win the nomination outright. So far Hillary Clinton has 1712 delegates and Bernie Sanders has 1,011. But Sanders’ campaign manager made the television rounds on Tuesday to say that the convention will be contested, and that his candidate will be the victor.
According to The Hill, Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, published a memo characterizing the former Secretary of State’s lead as “nearly insurmountable.” Mook said that in order to catch up, Sanders would need to win around 60 percent of the vote in remaining states like California and New York with a high delegate count.
As a result, Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver went on CNN to defend his candidate’s position.
“If you look at the math, if you want to talk about math, the truth is is that it is very, very, very unlikely that either candidate, either Secretary Clinton or Sen. Sanders, will go into the convention with a majority needed of pledged delegates in order to win,” Weaver told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day.”
Weaver adds that although Clinton has an advantage when it comes to superdelegates, they don’t officially count until the actual convention, fueling his argument that all will be decided then. We’ll see after Wisconsin and New York how much of this contest is still up in the air.