WASHINGTON – Senator Bernie Sanders said Tuesday that he is planning to continue campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination, although even after winning the Democrats Abroad vote his chances to succeed remain low.
The Vermont senator announced that he is planning to attend a debate next month with the front-runner, former Vice President Joe Biden, should the Democratic National Committee would arrange one, as was previously planned.
Biden currently has a substantial lead over Sanders, after securing big victories in most primaries that took place in early March. Overall, Biden has so far earned 1,200 delegates out of the 1,991 necessary for securing the nomination, while Sanders has earned 910.
Nearly 40,000 Americans around the world voted in this year’s Democratic primary, with Sanders receiving 58 percent of the votes, while Biden won only 23 percent.
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Sanders also won the majority of the votes in Israel, but by a much smaller margin, gaining 36 percent to Biden’s 34. Sanders, who is Jewish, holds critical views of the Israeli government and has described Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a “reactionary racist.”
But winning the Democrats Abroad vote won’t do much to help Sanders with his delegate count, granting him only nine more delegates. Sanders will need more impressive victories in the United States to have any chance of snatching the nomination from Biden.
The state with the largest number of Jewish voters, New York, is set to hold its primary on April 28, however it remains unclear if the primary will be held, as the United States is struggling to contain the global coronavirus pandemic.
Other states that held votes despite the spread of the virus encouraged the public to vote by mail.
Despite growing pressure from within the Democratic Party calling on Sanders to quit the race and facilitate Biden's campaign against Trump, he has so far insisted to stay in the contest.
Sanders said that while he has lost to Biden in most states that voted in the last three weeks, he believes his ideas are gaining more support across the country.