Despite NY Loss, Top Sanders Aide Says Campaign Headed To Convention

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April 20, 2016 7:06 a.m.

Following Hillary Clinton’s win in the New York Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, insisted that their campaign is still headed to the July convention.

During an interview on MSNBC, Steve Kornacki asked Weaver whether the campaign will still try to persuade superdelegates to side with Sanders if Clinton wins the overall popular vote and pledged delegate count in the primary.

“We’re going to go to the convention,” Weaver said in response.

“It is extremely unlikely that either candidate will have the requisite number of pledged delegates to get to this number,” he added. “So it is going to be an election determined by the superdelegates.”

Kornacki pressed Weaver and asked how Sanders could persuade superdelegates to switch their support if Clinton is winning overall.

“They’re going to want to win in November,” Weaver replied, citing polls that show Sanders performing well against Republican opponents in the general election.

The MSNBC host asked once more if the Sanders campaign will try to flip superdelegates even if Clinton wins in terms of both pledged delegates and the popular vote.

“At this point, yes, absolutely.” Weaver responded.

Watch the clip via MSNBC:

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