While the field of 2020 candidates has narrowed in recent months, there are still eight people vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.
According to one former candidate, it’s time for someone to take one for the team and quit the race.
Do the math
On Saturday, businessman Andrew Yang told CNN on Saturday that the race is still too crowded, and he’s worried that the party is in for a divisive convention because of it.
“Someone needs to pull an Andrew Yang and be like, ‘I’ve done the math. I’m not going to win,'” Yang said as it became clear that Sanders would be the victor in the Nevada caucuses.
“The problem for Bernie is that he’s unlikely to get an outright majority heading into the convention, which is going to set the stage for the superdelegates to emerge,” Yang explained. “And then you’re looking at a contested convention, which is also the dream scenario for non-Bernie candidates.”
“The superdelegates, let’s say, are not going to be favorably disposed towards Bernie, and each of the remaining candidates will say, like, you know, ‘I’m the pick,” Yang went on. “So that’s the dream that’s going to keep every other candidate in the race.”
With his win most recent win, Sanders has taken on the status of frontrunner, and given his radical policies, that has many Democrats worried.
Former Clinton adviser James Carville believes that his nomination would pose a disaster for the party, telling NBC’s Brian Williams, “If you’re voting for him because you think he’ll win the election, politically, you’re a fool.”
Biden still in the race
According to a polling average put together by Real Clear Politics, former Vice President Joe Biden is the most likely winner of South Carolina’s primary election next weekend. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is predicted to take a close second place and billionaire Tom Steyer a more distant third.
In an interview with CBS News, Biden blamed his recent drop in support and Steyer’s rise to the latter’s huge advertising budget.
“What’s happening is you have Steyer spending hundreds of millions, tens of thousands of dollars, millions of dollars, out campaigning there,” he complained.
There is concern that some Sanders supporters could turn violent if he doesn’t receive the nomination. In an undercover video produced by Project Veritas, Sanders field organizer Kyle Jurek can be heard suggesting that “f–king Milwaukee will burn” if someone else wins.