Sanders: I Will Upset Clinton and Defeat Trump in November
After scoring a victory in Indiana, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders promised to beat Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in November.
“We feel great about tonight, not only in winning here in Indiana … but also gaining the momentum we need to take us to the finish line,” Sanders said. “I sense some great deal of momentum. I sense some great victories coming.”
“I sense some great victories coming, and I think while the path is narrow — and I do not deny that for a moment — I think we can pull off one of the great political upsets in the history of the United States and in fact become the nominee for the Democratic Party,” he continued. “And once we secure that position, I have absolute confidence that we are gonna defeat Donald Trump in the general election.”
The Hill reports:
The Indiana Democratic primary was too close to call once all the polls closed at 7 p.m. EDT. The contest was neck and neck, but Sanders later pulled ahead of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.
As of 11 p.m., Sanders led 52 percent to 48 percent, with 95 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.
Sanders said he believes he’s the best candidate to take on Trump in November. The real estate mogul is now the presumptive GOP nominee after his landslide victory in Indiana prompted Ted Cruz to suspend his campaign.
The Vermont senator’s victory in the Hoosier State breaks Clinton’s recent winning streak. But though he won Indiana, the state’s Democratic primary allocates delegates proportionally so he will barely make a dent in the former secretary of State’s delegate lead.
Clinton is shy of the Democratic nomination by 182 delegates, according to the AP delegate tracker. Sanders would need to win every remaining pledged delegate and sway more superdelegates to his side to reach that threshold.
On Tuesday night, Sanders said he will continue to “make the case” to the superdelegates that reside in states where he claimed resounding victories.
“I believe we’ll be able to make the case to many of those superdelegates that what is most important is whether Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is the nominee,” Sanders said. “What is most important is that we do not allow someone like a Donald Trump to become president of the United States.”
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