Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told a press conference that he has the financial resources to continue campaigning all the way to the Democrat convention in Philadelphia in July.
Senator Sanders is quoted in a New York Times article as saying, “We have absolutely the financial resources that we need to run a very, very strong campaign here in California and in the other states and in D.C. and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and throughout the rest of the campaign,” Mr. Sanders said.
With several scandals continuing to consume former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Senator Sanders is hoping a strong win in Tuesday’s California primary will help convince Democrat power brokers known as “super delegates” to switch their support away from Clinton.
Senator Sanders and his supporters are making several credible arguments as to why they have put together a superior campaign. Sanders’ has consistently polled better than Clinton in a hypothetical general election match-up against Donald Trump. While Clinton has struggled with grassroots fundraising, the Sanders’ campaign has received more than eight million individual contributions averaging just twenty-seven dollars each. Sanders is drawing massive and energetic crowds while the Clinton campaign is having small heavily managed and staged events.
Many in the media are claiming that former Secretary Clinton is less than a hundred delegates away from securing the nomination, but those projections take into account the hundreds of super delegates who have said they will support Clinton but are free to change their minds at any time. Sanders’ supporters like to point out that President Obama was successfully able to convince hundreds of super delegates to switch their support away from Clinton in 2008.
Sanders also is hoping to pull Clinton to the left on policy should she secure the nomination, as the NYT article points out, “Mr. Sanders also said he hoped that a round of coming victories would help him and his allies encourage the party to include a nationwide ban on fracking in the Democratic platform. ‘I would hope that the Democratic Party makes it clear that it has the guts to stand up to the fossil fuel industry,’ he said.”