Jane Sanders: Clinton Will Fall ‘Just Short’ Of Needed Delegates
Senator Bernie Sanders has had a great campaign ally in his affable wife Jane. In an appearance on MSNBC, the potential First Lady said she believes her husband and Hillary Clinton will not reach pledged delegate total.
“We are in it until the end, I think you can see why. A lot of people are counting on him,” she said.
Bernie “has won eight of the last contests, and we’re hopeful here in New York.”
“I don’t think anybody is going to get the amount of pledged delegates they need when we walk into the convention,” she said.
The Hill reports:
Clinton has 1,289 pledged delegates and 469 superdelegates toward the needed 2,383 to win the nomination, according to The Associated Press delegate tracker, leaving an uphill battle for her rival.
Sanders has 1,038 pledged delegates but just 31 superdelegates. He has attempted to lure their support by touting polls about his ability to match up against the Republican front-runners.
Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) suggested during a separate television appearance Thursday morning that Clinton would lock up the nomination before a contested convention and without needing superdelegates.
Schultz said during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” that after the primary season, the party would have a “presumptive nominee prior to the convention without the need for superdelegates that will have the majority of unpledged delegates going into the convention.”
Clinton is looking to blunt Bernie Sanders’s winning streak with a win in New York’s closed primary next Tuesday, as the Sanders camp has bemoaned the Democratic primary schedule and process, suggesting it keeps out non-Democratic voters who may give the Independent Vermont senator a boost.
“We’re bringing a lot more people into the party and the party is shutting the door on them,” Jane Sanders said during her MSNBC interview, calling it “counterproductive” to long-term goals.
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said on CNN that Bernie Sanders faces “daunting delegate math” and suggested that a Clinton victory in New York on Tuesday would propel the campaign toward wins in other big states, including California.
“There is a zero percent chance that Hillary Clinton will not clinch this nomination prior to this convention,” he said.