|Sen. Bernie Sanders|
Some politically-minded folks have begun asking if/when Sen. Bernie Sanders might consider ending his run for the Democratic presidential nomination in light of Hillary Clinton's increasing lead in the delegate count.
While some call for Sanders to drop out now, there's really no reason for him to do so; he has plenty of money, and as long as he's in the race he has a voice.
But the Sanders team also has another gambit: super-delegates are going to start peeling off Clinton (the front-runner) and move to his column.
From The Hill:
Sanders currently trails Clinton in pledged delegates, 1,428 to 1,151. The count increases to 1930 to 1,189 when including unbound superdelegates. The former secretary of State needs just 435 more delegates to secure the nomination before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia at the end of July.
Part of the reason why the Sanders campaign believes it’s still viable is his team says many of Clinton’s unbound superdelegates are getting ready to jump ship and throw their support behind the Vermont senator. Mook shot down that claim on Wednesday, saying it’s unrealistic.
I'm not sure what the logic is behind this "path to the nomination."
Why would Democratic leaders in the party move away from the person with the most pledged delegates AND the highest popular vote count to move to the #2 guy?
Plus, don't forget that just a month or so ago Sanders' supporters bemoaned the idea of super-delegates saying the idea of them is unprincipled. Now he's going to try and win based on super-delegates overturning the will of the popular vote?
Maybe I'm a little slow here, but I don't see why anyone would do that.