Sanders’ Indiana Win Slows Clinton’s Road to Democratic Nomination
Sanders’ path to the Democratic nomination hasn’t gotten any easier with the Indiana primary win.
Bernie Sanders netted about a half-dozen more delegates than Hillary Clinton after winning the Indiana democratic primary on Tuesday. But in terms of the delegate math, his path to the Democratic nomination hasn’t gotten any easier.
Clinton is now 92 percent of the way to clinching the Democratic nomination.
With 83 Indiana delegates at stake, Sanders will gain at least 43. Clinton picked up at least 37. Three delegates remain to be allocated, pending final vote tallies.
That means based on primaries and caucuses to date, Clinton now has 1,682 and Sanders has 1,361.
Clinton’s lead is bigger when including superdelegates, or party officials who can back any candidate.
She has 2,202, or 181 delegates away from the 2,383 needed to win, keeping her on track to clinch the nomination by early June. Sanders has 1,400.
If he still hopes to win the nomination, Sanders would need to win more than 84 percent of the remaining delegates and superdelegates.
Sanders tolls The Associated Press that he has won a “great upset victory” in Indiana over rival Hillary Clinton and he expects “more victories in the weeks to come.”
The Vermont senator added “the Clinton campaign thinks this campaign is over. They’re wrong.”
He acknowledged that he has an “uphill climb” to the nomination but he’s “in this campaign to win and we are going to fight until the last vote is cast.”
Sanders said he wants to debate Clinton in California.
(With agency inputs.)
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