HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden

HuffPost political reporter Daniel Marans said Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersExpanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support The battle of two Cubas Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Ro Khanna MORE (I-Vt.) fell behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points Biden: 'We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us' MORE in the Democratic delegate race partly because he didn’t have a plan if the moderate vote consolidated around a single candidate. 

“To consider the idea that the moderates might consolidate – he never had a plan for that,” Marans told Hill.TV Thursday. 

Marans cited other reasons why he believes Sanders is lagging behind Biden, including that the progressive senator “has always been sort of skeptical of traditional campaign tools” such as polling.

Sanders had hired staff that was “relatively new” to the political campaign world, Marans also said, while noting the candidate was hesitant to “go on the attack” against Biden and did not move to consolidate support within the Democratic Party.

“When he was riding high, he did not pivot to sort of welcome in the larger Democratic Party and stop railing against the establishment,” he said. 

Marans also mentioned that Sanders praised some of Cuba's Fidel Castro's policies, specifically his literacy plan, leading to criticism from members of his own party.

Sanders won the popular vote in the first three primary states when the moderate vote was split. But following Biden’s win in South Carolina, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharLiberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record Klobuchar on defense as Floyd death puts spotlight on record Officer involved in George Floyd death charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter MORE (D-Minn.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE dropped out of the race to back the former vice president.

Since then, Biden has climbed in the delegate count to 1,217, while Sanders sits at 914.