Election 2016

Alan Grayson: Why the Sanders Campaign Is Far from Over (VIDEO)

A Sunshine State superdelegate explains why Bernie's success is just beginning.

Since hearing about Hillary and her superdelegate count, many Sanders supporters believed Bernie was automatically doomed. But actually, the superdelegates’ pledge to Clinton isn’t finalized, and each can still change his or her vote prior to the final vote following the last state primaries. Superdelegates generally vote in line with the popular vote when the time comes, but there is nothing requiring them to do so.

Young Turks reporter Jordan Chariton caught up with Congressman Alan Grayson, a Bernie Sanders superdelgate, at the Democratic debate in Miami, Florida, on March 9. Grayson cast his superdelegate vote according to an online poll in an effort to make the whole process more democratic.

"What’s the path for Senator Sanders?” Chariton asked Rep. Grayson, adding "the media’s pretty much buried him from day one. He upsets in Michigan yet Donald Trump still dominates the [coverage]." But superdelagate Grayson is still convinced Bernie has more than a fair shot at winning the nomination.

Here's what Grayson said:

What people need to understand is that there’s actually two democratic primaries. There’s one primary that runs from February 1 to March 15. All sixteen southern states vote in that primary. That’s been very advantageous for Secretary Clinton. There’s a second national primary that runs from March 16th to June 7th when California votes and awards 545 delegates. It’s safe to say that given the results so far that Senator Sanders has the potential to sweep the table starting on March 16th. Not a single pacific state has voted. He may win all five of them. Only one mountain state has voted — Colorado. He won that state. Very few midwestern states have voted - He just won Michigan in a shocking upset. What we might see after March 16th is that there will be one campaign gasping for air, but it won’t be the Sanders campaign.

Grayson is also very vocal about his process for choosing Sanders over Cinton — or rather, the people's process.

“There’s 712 of us [superdelegates] and I’m uncomfortable with the idea that they’re not chosen democratically," Grayson explained.

"So what I said was, I’m going to leave my vote up to a vote, and I invited people to come to our website. We’ve had almost 400,000 people come, and not only vote, but give reasons why. And we told both campaigns ahead of time. Sanders won that vote 84 percent to 16 percent and the reasons were fascinating. Apparently, neither side was negative toward the other. But the Sanders camp was adamant about changing the deep political, economic and social inequalities in this country and their belief that the Vermont senator is the only candidate to challenge those inequalities."

When asked about GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, Grayson had to fight back laughter.

“I think he’d be one of the most incompetent presidents we’ve had in the history of the United States.”

So how would that affect Americans?

“I think the inequality would heighten, I think that would pretty much cinch it,” Grayson told the Young Turks, adding “if you have a billionaire for the leader of the country, then it really is an oligarchy. Game over."

Watch the full TYT segment below:

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

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