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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 SandersObama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions Americans have a choice: Socialized medicine or health care freedom Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats must focus on winning White House for Biden 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 BidenDemocrats warn GOP will regret Barrett confirmation Trump campaign eyes election night party at his sold-out DC hotel Harris blasts GOP for confirming Amy Coney Barrett: 'We won't forget this' MORE, former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergTexas and North Carolina: Democrats on the verge? The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 spending wars | Biden looks to clean up oil comments | Debate ratings are in Biden breaks all-time television spending record MORE, former South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharStart focusing on veterans' health before they enlist Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein 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 StephanopoulosAll fracked up: Biden's Keystone State breakdown The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters Pelosi: White House made 'unacceptable changes' to testing language during negotiations on coronavirus stimulus 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 ObamaTrump is cruising for a bruising State lawmaker Elizabeth Fiedler discusses the top issues for Pennsylvania voters Joe Biden's transit plan: Party like it's 2009 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.