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 SandersSenate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate Biden to seek minimum wage in COVID-19 proposal 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 BidenMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP MORE, former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden selects Gina Raimondo for Commerce chief: reports 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics NFL, politics dominate 2020 ratings MORE, former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOn The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits Buttigieg confirmation hearing slated for Thursday James Murdoch predicts 'a reckoning' for media after Capitol riot MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharGoogle completes Fitbit acquisition Hillicon Valley: Fringe social networks boosted after Capitol attack | Planned protests spark fears of violence in Trump's final days | Election security efforts likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress US Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots 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.”

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Emanuel, who served as former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaFor Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team 'Nationalize' Facebook and Twitter as public goods Millennials and the great reckoning on race 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.

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.