Election 2016

10 Reasons Bernie Sanders Can Still Win the Democratic Nomination (VIDEO)

Following big Clinton victories on Super Tuesday, Sanders' delegate math is daunting. But he still has a path to victory.

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It’s undeniable that Bernie Sanders did not have a good night. He lost all five of the Super Tuesday States, including Ohio, which he lost by a lot. Some blame the Ohio loss on John Kasich, since Bernie gains most traction with independents. Hillary Clinton has a 300-delegate lead on Sanders, which makes it extraordinarily difficult for Sanders to catch up. But not impossible. Here’s the good news for Bernie supporters.

1. Money, money, money.

The reason most candidates drop out is because they have no money. Not so for Bernie, who has plenty. And if anyone is poised to make a comeback, it's Sanders.

2. Big state wins possible.

Bernie could win every single state from here on out by one vote and still lose by delegate count to Clinton. “He has to win significantly,” said the Young Turks' John Iadarola. But Sanders could win states by large margins. According to David Wasserman, a delegate analyst for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, Sanders must win 61 percent of the remaining delegates and superdelegates who are still uncommitted to catch up to Hillary. Tough? Yes. Impossible? No.

3. Pro-Clinton South voted first.

The South, which is decisively pro-Hillary, voted first. Only one mountain state, Colorado, has voted, and Sanders won there. The Sanders campaign is looking down the road to a series of states that could go to the Vermont senator, like New York next month and New Jersey and California in June. “We have time to pick up a lot of delegates in those places,” said senior Sanders strategist Tad Devine.

4. Check the count on April 19.

Losing Illinois yesterday was bad, but it was still a tossup. The eight states that vote before New York on April 19 appear to be more in favor of Sanders.

5. California, here we come.

The Golden State has the most delegates of any state, a whopping 476. Demographically speaking, Bernie is favored there.

6. New York state of mind.

The second largest state by delegate count is New York, with 277. The Empire State just announced a big push to get 20,000 teen students to register to vote in this election. Bernie has his greatest support with young voters, who can still register to vote in the primary until March 25.

7. Don't forget the superdelegates.

All the delegate math is still not taking into account the superdelegates, unelected delegates who are free to support any candidate for the presidential nomination at the party's national convention. They could change their vote at any time, and they could go for Bernie if he starts to win again.

8. Those Clinton emails.

According to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Hillary Clinton could still be indicted for allegedly mishandling classified information in her emails when she was Secretary of State. But does the public really care about these emails? 

9. Raising Arizona.

Last night, Bernie Sanders did a vigorous speech and then went straight to a rally in Arizona, where an estimated 26 percent are undecided. “Phoenix, are you ready for a political revolution?" he asked the gathering of more than 7,000. "Are you tired of a handful of billionaires running our country?” Supporters went wild.

10. Bread basket of America.

In the last 50 years, no Democratic presidential candidate has ever won Kansas and lost the nomination. On March 5, Sanders won Kansas by a landslide.

So fear not, Bernie supporters. It won't come easy, but there still could be a path to winning the Democratic nomination.

Watch the Young Turks discuss Bernie Sanders' chances:

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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