Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) celebrated his victory in Saturday’s Democratic caucuses — as well as his landslide wins in Idaho and Utah this week — in a speech at a Madison, Wisconsin rally where he declared, “We have a path towards victory.”
“We knew from day one that we were going to have a politically hard time in the deep South, That is a conservative part of our country. But we knew things were going to improve as we headed West,” Sanders said in the remarks that began about an hour after his Alaska victory was projected. Midway through the speech, his win in Washington was called by the networks and he was able to break the news to his supporters.
He praised young voters who have been among his most enthusiastic supporters.
“What we are seeing is that the young people of this country who love this country so much want to make it a better country,” Sanders said. “And that they are prepared to stand up and fight and take on the major crises that we face.”
His campaign is betting on a sweep in Saturday’s caucuses — which also include Hawaii’s later on in the day — that will cut into in the substantial delegate lead former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has over him and propel him in states like Wisconsin, which hosts its primary next month.
“Don’t let anybody, don’t let anybody tell you we can’t win the nomination or win the general election,” Sanders said. “We’re going to do both of those things!”