By Dave Andrusko
Doesn’t sound like Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is heading anywhere but West, after last night’s resounding 15 point margin of victory in the West Virginia presidential primary.
“We are in this campaign to win the Democratic nomination, and we’re going to stay in the race until the last vote is cast,” Sanders said in a statement. “We fully acknowledge we have an uphill climb ahead of us, but we’re used to that. We have been fighting uphill from the day this campaign began.”
Sanders went on to say in his statement, “With this outcome, we now have won primaries and caucuses in 19 states,” adding, “We are in this campaign to win the Democratic nomination and we’re going to stay in the race until the last vote is cast.”
Unopposed, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump easily carried The Mountaineer State, and will come away with all, or virtually all, of the state’s 34 delegates.
While Democrats also voted in a presidential “beauty contest” in Nebraska, delegates had previously been assigned during a March 5 caucus. Sanders won 15 pledged delegates, Clinton carried 10.
Although little will change numerically as a result of Sanders’ wins–Mrs. Clinton has a seemingly insuperable delegate lead because almost all “superdelegates” have already pledged to support the former Secretary of State–Sanders’ ability to win continues to expose Clinton’s many vulnerabilities as a candidate.
Indeed, according to the Wall Street Journal, “[P]olls suggest Mr. Sanders could notch wins next week in Oregon and Kentucky, demonstrating that a sizable wing of the party remains attracted to his populist message and isn’t yet ready to coalesce behind Mrs. Clinton.”