The stakes for the Bernie Sanders campaign going into Tuesday’s primary and caucus events were incredibly high: win big or go home.
While Sanders suffered a loss in the largest delegate share of the night in Arizona, his strong wins in Idaho and Utah may just been the forward momentum he needs to further inspire voters and turn the tide toward the underdog.
The victory for Sanders last night was not one focused entirely on delegates, but on proving to voters that Sanders still has support and a way forward in this primary race. After Bernie’s loss in the most recent Super Tuesday, many began to write the senator off and encourage him to begin pivoting his attacks against the GOP to set up a unified Democratic base for Clinton.
Bernie said it was “absurd” for people to suggest he drop out now, and his strong showing on Tuesday night has proven that. Many have said that these later states favor Sanders while most of the Clinton-favoring states have already cast their ballots.
The delegate count, not including Superdelegates which are fluid and can change their vote at anytime, is now 901 for Sanders and 1,214 for Clinton. This is a gap of 313 delegates between the two.