Bernie Sanders’ campaign insisted today that its only ‘half-time’ in the race for the Democratic nomination and the map will only get better for the senator as the campaign moves westward.
‘We are feeling very good. We are essentially where we expected to be at this point in the race,’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver told reporters late this afternoon during a call.
Less than half of the pledged delegates in the race have been allotted, the campaign argued. And upcoming states favor Sanders.
Idaho, Utah and Washington vote in the next week and a half and they have 157 pledged delegates between them to give out.
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Bernie Sanders’ campaign insisted today that its only ‘half time’ in the race for the Democratic nomination and the map will only get better for the senator as the campaign moves westward
‘We are feeling very good. We are essentially where we expected to be at this point in the race,’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver told reporters late this afternoon during a call
Less than half of the pledged delegates in the race have been allotted, the campaign argued. And upcoming states favor Sanders. His supporters are seen here last night in Phoenix at his rally
‘We believe the back end of the process is as favorable to Bernie as the front end of the process was to Hillary,’ strategist Tad Devine said.
The West Coast states present a prime pick up opportunity for the progressive. The Sanders campaign is also preparing for battle in Wisconsin, which votes April 5, and New York, which falls on April 19 this cycle.
Yesterday, Sanders went 0/5 against Clinton, falling another 100 pledged delegates behind.
Weaver told reporters that the campaign knew it take a beating. ‘We wanted to make sure that was not too big, and we certainly achieved that,’ he said.
In Missouri Sanders came within 0.2 percent of Clinton and is set to end up with the same number of delegates as Clinton. In Illinois he’ll come up one short.
‘The reality is if we had tipped those states in our direction, the delegates split between those two states would have been essentially the same,’ Weaver pointed out.
It was Florida that did him in. Clinton’s large electoral victory there gave her a 133 delegate boost that he was unable to match elsewhere in the country.
She now has a lead of 306 pledged delegate lead.
‘This is really the high water mark for the Clinton campaign,’ Weaver said.
The Sanders campaign still believes it can ‘steadily, consistently and ultimately successfully erode her current advantage.’
‘We have always understood that the first half of the calendar was much more advantageous to the secretary,’ Weaver told reporters.
The campaign has its eye on several ‘show down’ states of the next several weeks including Wisconsin and Arizona, where Sanders is campaigning currently. Arizona will dole out its 75 delegates on next Tuesday, on March 22.
‘We are literally about halfway through the delegate selection process,’ Weaver said, saying it is ‘sort of half-time in this process.’
The Sanders campaign still believes it can ‘steadily, consistently and ultimately successfully erode her current advantage’
He admitted that Clinton has clearly ‘run up a bit of a lead’ but said the second half of the race will be ‘much better’ for Sanders in terms of geography and the spacing of the contests.
Sanders does much better when he has an opportunity to talk to voters, Weaver contended, than on days when five states vote at once.
Had the candidate had more time to personally spend in those states it ‘certainly would have allowed us to push those over the top,’ he said.
Reiterating the campaign’s position that the race will be won or lost in the final days, he said ‘We are going to carry this campaign on to success in the summer, and ultimately in the fall.’
On June 7, when California and New Jersey vote a mother load of 806 pledged delegates will be decided, Devine pointed out.
‘So I see a lot of room for us to grow a lot of room for us to gain the advantage.’
Devine told reporters,’ I agree that we’re at half time here, and we agree that we’re behind, but we also think that we’re gonna win this game, and we’re gonna finish ahead, and we see a path to get there.’