Sanders says campaign isn't over if he doesn't win California
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Democrats have reason to worry after the last presidential debate Krystal Ball on Sanders debate performance: 'He absolutely hit it out of the park' MORE said his campaign won't necessarily be over if he doesn't win the California primary on June 7.

"What I said is, obviously, California is very, very important, 475 superdelegates," Sanders said on NBC's "Meet the Press" when asked whether his campaign will end if he doesn't get a win.


"Obviously, if we don't do well in California, it will make our path much, much harder. No question about it. But I think we have a good chance to winning California, maybe win big, and maybe win four or five of the other states that are off on June 7th."

Sanders called California the "big enchilada," adding that the delegate-rich state is "enormously important."

But he maintained his campaign has had great success over the past several months and vowed to continue battling for delegates.

"You know, my campaign has been written off from before we started. Nobody thought we would do anything," he said in the interview, which aired Sunday.

"We've now won 20 states, primaries and caucuses, and I think by the end of the process, we may win half of the states. So we're going to fight till the last vote is cast and try to appeal to the last delegate that we can."

Sanders said he hopes to go into the Democratic convention with a majority of the pledged delegates, calling it a "symbolic victory." The Vermont senator also said his messages are resonating with people in the country and touted his poll numbers in head-to-head match-ups with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE

He has vowed to remain in the race even though Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP warns Graham letter to Pelosi on impeachment could 'backfire' Hillary Clinton praises former administration officials who testified before House as 'gutsy women' Third-quarter fundraising sets Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg apart MORE has a large delegate lead.