Posted: 9:10 pm Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
After enjoying the months and months of battles among the many Republicans running for President, Democrats have now watched how the end of the GOP race has instead turned the focus more on the electoral battle in their own party, as Bernie Sanders shows no signs of giving in anytime soon to Hillary Clinton.
“There are six states remaining, and I hope by the end of this nominating process we will win at least half or more of the states in our country,” Sanders told a cheering crowd in Vallejo, California, as he argued his campaign would do the best against Donald Trump in November.
In a sense, the Sanders-Clinton race is almost exactly what we watched unfold eight years ago between Clinton and Barack Obama; back in 2008, it was Clinton who kept chalking up wins, but the delegate math at this point in the race clearly showed that Obama was going to win.
But Clinton didn’t stop her nomination bid until the primaries ended in early June.
Here was what I wrote on this blog eight years ago today:
“Hillary Clinton’s argument to superdelegates has been fairly simple. She can defeat John McCain in key swing states, while Barack Obama cannot.”
The Sanders camp in recent days sent out a very similar email to reporters:
“Superdelegates will decide who wins the Democratic nomination — but not until the convention,” the missive read.
While she trailed eight years ago at this point, this time it is Clinton who is in the driver’s seat when it comes to delegates in the Democratic race, as she has been spending more time on the campaign trail going after Donald Trump, getting ready for November.
But the underlying question persists about Clinton – can she really defeat Trump if she has to spend so much time dealing with Sanders?
Here are the eight remaining contests for Democrats:
+ June 5 – Puerto Rico
+ June 7 – California, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Montana
+ June 14 – District of Columbia.
In 2008, the Democratic primaries ended on June 3, capped by Clinton’s 52-43% win over Obama.
Four days later, Clinton conceded defeat.
We’ll see what happens this time around.