Karl Rove: 'Long way to go' for Sanders to capture nomination: 'The field is splintered'

Karl Rove: 'Long way to go' for Sanders to capture nomination: 'The field is splintered'
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GOP political strategist Karl RoveKarl Christian RoveRove responds to reports he's advising Trump campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: DOJ, intel to be major issues in 2020 Obama's Trump attacks electrify Democrats, anger GOP MORE warned on Monday that there's still “a long way to go” for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel Biden wins Hawaii primary Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden MORE (I-Vt.) to capture the Democratic presidential nomination, saying Sanders has only captured "one-43rd" of the delegates needed to win.

“They have elected in the three contests thus far a grand total of 101 delegates to the Democratic National Convention," Rove told Fox News anchors Ed Henry and Sandra Smith on "America's Newsroom."

"That's 2.5 percent of the total," he added. 

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After the first three Democratic contests, Sanders has won 35 delegates compared to 24 for former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegIt'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 The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race MORE. To clinch the nomination, a candidate must take 1,991 delegates.

"He's got one-43rd of what he needs, and yet we're all of a sudden declaring this contest is all over before 47 other states and the District of Columbia and several other jurisdictions are able to vote," said Rove, the former strategist for President George W. Bush. 

Rove also said that Sanders has only won one decisive victory, in Nevada.

“Bernie’s got a lead, the field is splintered. He won Iowa with the lowest percentage of anybody in history and it ain’t even close. He won New Hampshire with the lowest percentage of the vote of anybody in history because the field is splintered," Rove said.

In the Iowa caucuses, Sanders won more total votes than Buttigieg, but the ex-mayor won one more delegate than the Vermont senator.

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Rove also said this Saturday's contest in South Carolina is do-or-die for former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Americans debate life under COVID-19 risks Biden set to make risky economic argument against Trump Hillicon Valley: Tech companies lead way on WFH forever | States and counties plead for cybersecurity assistance | Trump weighing anti-conservative bias panel MORE.

“He wins South Carolina, he goes into Super Tuesday with momentum. He loses South Carolina, he’s out of the contest,” Rove predicted.

Polls show a tightening race between Sanders and Biden in the Palmetto State.