Despite the current situation with the Democratic delegates, Bernie Sanders doesn’t even want to think about backing down and hand Hillary Clinton the Democratic presidential nomination. The Vermont Senator is expecting strong showings in Tuesday’s primaries in Kentucky and Oregon.
With higher number of delegates so far, the former first lady Hillary Clinton has been trying to focus on the expected general election against Republican Donald Trump, but that doesn’t mean anything for Bernie Sanders. He even vowed to stay in the race until the final votes are cast, which means Clinton should not throw herself in the general election yet.
After winning the last two primaries, Sanders is looking to extend his streak to Kentucky and Oregon before the Democratic race all but winds down on June 7.
Although not many polls have been made in either state before Tuesday’s primaries, both Clinton and Sanders have been investing time and resources in Kentucky, suggesting the contest there is competitive. Sanders was in the state over the weekend and Clinton spent Sunday and Monday there.
“We’ve got to turn a lot of people out,” Clinton told a crowd at a diner in Paducah on Monday. “I’ll tell you this, I’m not going to give up on Kentucky in November.”
Sanders has been putting in appearances in Oregon, and is also betting big turnout to deliver a victory.
“If voter turnout is low, if young people and working people don’t send in their ballots, we will probably lose,” Sanders said during a Saturday phone interview with The Oregonian newspaper. “Needless to say, what I hope we’ll be seeing is a very large voter turnout.”
Both primaries are open only to registered Democrats, which has been an advantage to Clinton in the past. But Clinton may be hurt in Kentucky, a state she won in the 2008 primary contest with 65 percent of the vote, by remarks she made in March about putting the coal industry “out of business.”
Clinton earlier this month tried to walk back that statement while campaigning in West Virginia, a state, like Kentucky, with a long history of ties to the coal industry. Last week, Sanders defeated Clinton in West Virginia by a comfortable, 15-point margin.