The campaign manager for Sen. Sanders (I-VT) argued in a Tuesday interview on CNN’s “New Day” that there was a path for his candidate to secure the Democratic nomination during the party’s July convention in Philadelphia.
“I think what this campaign is looking for and what the senator is looking for is going into the convention and coming out with the nomination,” Jeff Weaver told host Chris Cuomo.
“When we arrive at the convention, it will be an open convention, likely with neither candidate having a majority of pledged delegates,” Weaver added.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign dismisses such speculation as unrealistic.
In a memo published on Medium on Monday evening, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook suggested that Sanders’ strategy “relies on overturning the will of the voters,” arguing that Clinton has won a higher percentage of the popular vote and a majority of pledged delegates.
Contrary to Weaver’s suggestion that neither Sanders nor Clinton would head to Philadelphia with the 2,383 pledged delegates necessary to automatically earn the nomination, Mook called Clinton’s lead “nearly insurmountable.”
Of the 1,712 delegates currently supporting Clinton, 1,243 are pledged and 469 are superdelegates who are free to change their vote to support Sanders if they wish, per the Associated Press’ delegate tracker. Sanders has 1,011 delegates, 980 of which are pledged and 31 of which are supedelegates.
Superdelegates do not vote until the convention.