Bernie Sander’s campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said that if her primary competitor Hillary Clinton fails to reach a majority of pledged delegates ahead of the Democratic Convention, Sanders will “100 percent, absolutely” challenge her for the nomination.

As the competitors fight over “the New York State of Mind”, the strategy for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, due to be held on July 25 to 28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, is already taking place.

Clinton and Sanders
Clinton campaign and Sanders’ head to the NY Debate and primaries. Photo credit: Here and Now

However, even Weaver believes that neither of the candidates will reach July’s convention with enough pledged delegates to certainly win the nomination.

“The way the math is right now, it is very, very, very unlikely that either candidate will arrive at the convention with enough pledged delegates to win the nomination,” Weaver said in an interview with ABC News.

Even though the majority of superdelegates are expected to vote for Clinton, Weaver assured that they are not pledged and that is possible they will examine the situation and look at Sanders, due to their ambitions of winning in November.

But the math is clear, Clinton is leading by 250 pledged delegates and a map that had been friendly to Sanders, referring to the past primary wins, may turn back to Clinton’s side in the primaries in New York as reported by the New York Times.

“I have a New York state of mind, and you do not”

The rivalry over the lead in the New York’s primary has extended to a fight over credentials and the experience to fulfill the presidential seat as the Senator for Vermont called Clinton unqualified to be president.

Weaver defended Sanders’ accusation by saying Clinton’s campaign was responsible for the line of attacks, basically saying they started first. According to him, there is a strategy on Clinton’s side aimed to disqualify Sanders, even though she has not publicly and directly disqualified him.

But even with the questioned credentials, Clinton has stayed in the lead of the April 19 election and has done from interviews to a subway ride on Thursday morning during the rush hour, in an attempt succeed over her Brooklyn-born rival.
Source: ABC News