Top Clinton aide: We're nearing an 'insurmountable' lead
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump Jr. met with Gulf adviser who offered help to win election: report Voters Dems need aren't impressed by anti-waterboarding showboating After year of investigation, Trump can rightly claim some vindication MORE’s campaign manager tamped down Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSunday shows preview: Lawmakers weigh in after Texas school shooting Voters Dems need aren't impressed by anti-waterboarding showboating Primary win gives resurgent left a new shot of adrenaline MORE’s upset victory in Michigan on Tuesday by declaring that Clinton’s delegate lead continues to creep closer to her clinching the nomination.

“From the beginning, we have approached this nomination contest as a battle for delegates. And while Sen. Sanders has placed big bets on pulling out wins in certain individual states, we have sought to play everywhere in every state to win as many delegates possible,” campaign manager Robby Mook said Wednesday on a conference call with reporters.

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"We are nearing the point where our delegate lead will effectively become insurmountable."

On Tuesday, Sanders and Clinton split Michigan and Mississippi, the two states up for grabs. But the margins told a different story.

Clinton ran up the score in Mississippi, winning 29 delegates to Sanders's 4, according to The Associated Press. While Sanders won in Michigan, he won 65 delegats compared to Clinton’s 58 thanks to the razor-thin margin there.

That reality, Mook told reporters, means that Clinton now has a larger lead than Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe true commander in tweet Meghan Markle's pre-royal 'finishing lessons' and an etiquette of equality Hannity on Acosta claim he was tough on Obama: 'Only thing missing were the pom-poms' MORE had over Clinton during his 2008 campaign.

Sanders’s team is banking on the fact that his upset victory in Michigan will cast doubt on the race’s current narrative, as polls showed Sanders well behind Clinton in the days before Tuesday. And they continue to pledge to keep the campaign going until the convention, arguing that delegate-flush states like California, New York and New Jersey that don’t hold primaries until the latter part of the primary calendar could help them close the gap.

To capture the nomination, a candidate needs 2,382 delegates. Including superdelegates, Clinton has 1,221 delegates, while Sanders has 571.