US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has predicted that the Democratic presidential election process would lead to a contested summer convention against party frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Speaking to reporters on Saturday in Los Angeles, California, Sanders showed few signs of surrender, vowing to fight until the 2016 Democratic National Convention in July in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Nearing the end of the primary season, a defiant Sanders is pushing back against the likelihood that Clinton will soon declare victory as the Democratic presidential nominee.
Sanders told reporters neither candidate would have enough pledged delegates by the end of the primaries on June 14 to declare victory and would be dependent upon superdelegates to win the nomination. “In other words, the Democratic National Convention will be a contested convention,” he said.
He urged news organizations to hold off on declaring Clinton a victor as the presumptive nominee following Tuesday’s primary election in California and five other states.Clinton, a former senator and secretary of state, is poised to unofficially clinch the presidential nomination following the close of the primary election polls on Tuesday.
“It is extremely unlikely that Secretary Clinton will have the requisite number of pledged delegates to claim victory on Tuesday night,” Sanders said.