Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Study finds Pfizer vaccine almost 91 percent effective for 5 to 11 year olds The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Manchin, Sanders in budget feud; Biden still upbeat Democratic frustration with Sinema rises MORE said he will stay in the race “until the last vote is counted."
“Well, we’re going to stay in until the last vote is counted, and that will be in the primary in Washington, D.C.,” Sanders told NPR’s "Morning Edition" in an interview aired Thursday.
Sanders trails front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonI voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 Neera Tanden tapped as White House staff secretary Meghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' MORE among delegates and superdelegates and would need landslide victories in the remaining primary states to grab the nomination from the front-runner.
He has admitted his path toward victory has become “narrow” but points to upset victories in states like Indiana on Tuesday as proof of his momentum.
“I think we’ve got some good victories coming. So we are in this race until the very last vote is cast,” Sanders said. “The path to victory is to do extremely well in the remaining states and as you indicate, California, of course, is the largest state and we hope to do very well there and win that state.”
Clinton currently leads in delegate-rich California by 10 percentage points, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls.
Clinton has 1,683 pledged delegates to Sanders’s 1,362, according to The Associated Press. Clinton’s lead grows substantially when superdelegates are factored in. She has 522 superdelegates to Sanders’s 39, according to the AP. Democrats need 2,383 delegates to clinch the nomination.
Sanders also told NPR that he will continue to try to flip superdelegates supporting Clinton.
At a press conference last Sunday, Sanders called himself the best candidate to defeat presumptive GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE.
“I think that in those states where we have won landslide victories, those delegates should reflect the wishes of the people in their state and give us their vote,” Sanders said.
“And then I think we have got to make the case that the superdelegates, who are in many cases, were on board for Hillary Clinton even before I got in the race, that they should take a hard look at which candidate is stronger against Donald Trump. And I think we can make that case.”