Rahm Emanuel: Sanders is 'stoppable'

Rahm Emanuel: Sanders is 'stoppable'
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Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said Sunday that although Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions The Memo: Left pins hopes on Nina Turner in Ohio after recent defeats Five things to watch in two Ohio special election primaries MORE (I-Vt.) is “the frontrunner” in the 2020 Democratic presidential race, he is “stoppable.”

Emanuel told ABC’s “This Week” that the Vermont progressive could falter if moderate voters “coalesce” around a candidate, instead of spreading their votes among former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - White House, Dems play blame game over evictions GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal Biden vaccine rule sets stage for onslaught of lawsuits MORE, former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBipartisan infrastructure win shows Democrats must continue working across the aisle WHO leader issues warning on 'harmful' e-cigarettes Six months in, two challenges could define Biden's presidency MORE, former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegSunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate Sunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Chasten Buttigieg: DC 'almost unaffordable' MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharManchin 'can't imagine' supporting change to filibuster for voting rights Hillicon Valley: Democrats urge tech CEOs to combat Spanish disinformation | Amazon fined 6M by EU regulators Democrats urge tech CEOs to combat Spanish disinformation MORE (D-Minn.).

“But I would say this, the moderates need to coalesce around one person,” he said. “If you have a divided field, we’ve seen this play out in the Republican primary in 2016, if there is not kind of a singular mano to mano, then he’s gonna get the delegate primary.”

ABC host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Jan. 6 probe, infrastructure to dominate week Sunday shows - Jan. 6 investigation dominates Senate Republican 'not happy' with Pelosi plan to delay infrastructure vote MORE pointed out that “there’s no indication” any of these centrist candidates will drop out soon.

Emanuel, who served as former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaHarris 'root causes' immigration plan faces challenges Have our enemies found a way to defeat the United States? Millennial momentum means trouble for the GOP MORE's White House chief of staff, responded, saying every candidate “still has a thread of a logic of why they should stay.”

“And as long as that happens, he will continue to have 45 percent,” the former mayor said, referring to Sanders.

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He also called attention to Sanders’s strategy, saying it “upends every electoral map” used by Democrats in the past couple of decades.

“It’s a different theory of the case never been tested before nationally and never been proven successful for any Democrat, either presidential or congressional majority,” he added. 

Sanders has had a successful start to the primary season, grabbing wins in Nevada and New Hampshire and second place in Iowa. The senator currently retains 31 delegates, although 26 delegates have yet not been distributed after the Nevada caucuses Saturday. 

The moderate candidates have been awarded a combined 35 delegates.