Sanders co-chair: 'There's no doubt that the polling and momentum right now is with Vice President Biden'

Sanders co-chair: 'There's no doubt that the polling and momentum right now is with Vice President Biden'
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Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Navy probe reveals disastrous ship fire response Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Dems vow to keep emissions cuts Under pressure, Democrats cut back spending MORE (D-Calif.), co-chairman of Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, said Wednesday that there is "no doubt" that "polling and momentum" in the Democratic presidential primary race is now with former Vice President Joe Biden, following his performance in states where voters cast ballots on Tuesday.

Khanna told CNN's "New Day" that “undoubtedly” Biden had a “very strong night” after wins in Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho, and Sanders understands “that he is the underdog.” But Khanna said the progressive Vermont senator still plans to debate Biden in Phoenix on Sunday.

“There’s no doubt that the polling and momentum right now is with Vice President BidenJoe Biden White House: US has donated 200 million COVID-19 vaccines around the world Police recommend charges against four over Sinema bathroom protest K Street revenues boom MORE,” Khanna said. “And Sen. Sanders acknowledges that.”

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“But he does believe that debates in the past have changed, dramatically, the race,” he continued.

The California representative said the Sanders campaign will “move forward” and to continue to advocate for its central issues, adding Sanders is “very committed to making his case in the debate Sunday.”

“I think he’s earned his right to make his case at the debate,” Khanna said.

“There are a lot of things he is passionate about in his vision for America, and he feels he owes it to the millions of working-class people who have supported him to continue to raise those issues and share his vision,” he added. 

Biden gained at least 153 delegates in Tuesday's contests, although not all of the delegates have been allocated. Sanders earned at least 89 delegates in the latest votes.

Currently, the former vice president leads Sanders in delegates, 823 to 663, but is still less than halfway to the 1,991 needed to clinch the Democratic nomination. 

The race Washington state is still too close to declare a winner.