Washington journalist: Democratic candidates 'assumed the premise' that Sanders would take most delegates to convention 

Ryan Grim, the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for The Intercept said on Hill.TV Thursday morning that one of the most important moments of the Democratic presidential primary debate in Las Vegas happened when the candidates were asked if they would support the person with the most delegates winning the party's nomination in the event of a contested convention.

Only Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden struggles to stay in the spotlight MORE (I-Vt.), who is leading in polls, particularly in delegate-rich Super Tuesday states like California and Texas, said during the debate Wednesday night that Democrats should nominate the candidate with the most delegates. His five rivals on the stage, however, indicated that they’re spoiling for a convention fight even if Sanders comes in with the lead.

Grim said the most telling aspect of that exchange was that the candidates “assumed the premise” that Sanders would take the delegates to the Democratic convention in July. 

“The most important part of it was not their answer but that they assumed the premise, which is that Bernie Sanders is going to go into the convention with the plurality,” Grim said. “If you think about that entire stage accepting that premise as the most likely outcome, and you rewind one month ago, that’s a stunning turn of events for this party.”

In the event that the candidate with the most delegates going into the convention does not reach 1,991 delegates, 771 superdelegates would weigh in in a second round of voting, a scenario that increasingly likely with so many candidates splitting a total of 3,979 delegates.