While former Vice President Joe Biden has surged into a lead in the Democratic primary race following a surprisingly successful Super Tuesday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has continued to lose momentum as the candidates head into a series of key primary battles this week, including one in Michigan. This all begs the question of whether Sanders will call it quits if he suffers any other major losses, including in Tuesday’s contest in the Great Lakes State.
The answer, straight from Sanders’ own mouth, is an unequivocal no. According to Sanders, neither Michigan nor any other state, at this point, is going to be a do or die state for his 2020 campaign, the New York Post reports.
In it for the long haul
Sanders’ comments came during an appearance on Fox News Sunday over the weekend in which host Chris Wallace asked him whether he has any plans to end his campaign should he lose in Michigan.
“Well, no, I certainly would not consider dropping out,” Sanders replied. “You know, Chris, media ask you, ‘Is this state or that state life or death?’ I was asked that in Iowa. I was asked that in New Hampshire.”
Sanders continued: “We won California, the largest state in this country. We are winning among Latino voters big time. We are winning, winning among young people.”
Indeed, for quite some time, Sanders was looking like the Democrats’ 2020 nominee — at least before Super Tuesday. But Biden was able to stage a startling comeback, winning 10 out of the 14 states that were up for grabs on that critical primary day.
At present, Biden sits in the lead with 664 delegates, while Sanders has 573, according to NPR. That in itself might not be the end of the world, but virtually every Democratic presidential candidate who has exited the race thus far has gone on to endorse the former vice president, demonstrating the fact that the Democratic establishment will do whatever it takes to make sure that Sanders is not on the 2020 ballot against President Donald Trump.
Nonetheless, even with all the odds stacked against him, Sanders has no plans to surrender, and he even predicted success for his campaign this week.
“I feel good about the momentum we have,” he said. “I think we are going to do well on Tuesday and beat Biden.”
Sanders went on to point out that in 2016, he managed to pull out a win in Michigan against Hillary Clinton despite the fact that poll numbers at the time gave him little hope of achieving such a feat.
“You know, last time, as you indicated, it was seen as a big upset because polling had us down literally 20 points one day to the election,” Sanders said.
Six more Democratic Party primaries will take place this week in the states of Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Washington, with Michigan’s 125 delegates representing the largest prize, according to The Hill.