The odds are getting longer for Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders after the beating he took in the New York Primary, and his campaign is considering major changes to keep Sanders as a contender with a chance of beating party favorite Hillary Clinton. According to The Blaze:
Political analysts and even Sanders’ top adviser are now suggesting that in order to remain a contender, the candidate may have to make some vital changes to his current campaign.
Sanders, who started off as a dark horse candidate and emerged as a true competitor, will have to trounce Clinton in the remaining primaries by at least a 20-point margin in order to catch up to the former secretary of state’s pledged delegates.
“There’s a pathway to victory for Sen. Sanders, but I think you know it’s certainly gotten brambled,” Neil Sroka, who works with the pro-Sanders group Democracy for America, told NPR Saturday.
NPR reported that Clinton’s current delegate lead over Sanders is more than twice as large as then-Sen. Barack Obama’s lead in 2008.
Despite this, Sroka said he hopes that for the sake of the party as a whole, the Vermont senator will continue to fight until the very last contests in June.
“There is not a single doubt in my mind that the strong campaign that Bernie Sanders is waging right now is making the Democratic Party better, stronger and more focused on the populist progressive issues that we need to take on if we are going to be successful in November,” Sroka said.
But unless Sanders somehow manages to defeat Clinton as mentioned above, he will have to leave the race, according to Mo Elleithee of the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service. The only thing Sanders will have to decide at that point will be the way in which he chooses to go.
“We were behind,” Elleithee, who also worked on the Clinton campaign in 2008, told NPR.
“We had a late burst of momentum. But the math was never there for us.”
According to Elleithee, there are two ways one may choose to go: graciously or hysterically.
“It’s a dangerous place to be in,” Elleithee continued, “and you’ve got to keep your head about you and remember what it is you’re fighting for. That doesn’t mean you have to get out, but it does mean you need to kind of keep your focus in the right place.”
The math has always been hard for Sanders since 15% of democratic delegates were pledged to Clinton before the race even started. With that type of bias and nepotism, the fix is in.
If Bernie Sanders has any chance of winning the nomination, he’s got to make a big, bold move in his campaign strategy, and even then, it’s a long shot.
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