Sanders campaign manager vows convention fight

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New York is ready for Hillary, and Hillary is ready for the general election. Clinton won Tuesday night's Empire State primary by a double-digit margin, leaving Bernie Sanders with no realistic path to the nomination (other than one involving divine and/or FBI intervention). In her Times Square victory speech, the former New York senator reached a hand out to Sandernistas, then set about framing the general election debate.

"To all the people who supported Senator Sanders: I believe there is much more that unites us then divides us," Clinton said, over the cheers of her supporters."It's becoming clearer that this may be one of the most consequential elections of our lifetimes. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are pushing a vision of America that's divisive and fairly dangerous."

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Attendees await the start of a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (not pictured) at Washington Square Park on April 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Attendees await the start of a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (not pictured) at Washington Square Park on April 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)
Attendees hold signs in support of Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, not pictured, at a campaign event in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Sanders stepped up his feud with General Electric Co., denouncing the manufacturer as 'greedy' and accusing Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt of not being truthful in responding to the attacks. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Natalia Plaza (L) and Suzanne Tufan, with their faces painted, wait for a campaign rally with U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York, New York April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
An attendee wears a t-shirt in support of Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, not pictured, at a campaign event in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Sanders stepped up his feud with General Electric Co., denouncing the manufacturer as 'greedy' and accusing Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt of not being truthful in responding to the attacks. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An attendee holds a sign in support of Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, not pictured, at a campaign event in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Sanders stepped up his feud with General Electric Co., denouncing the manufacturer as 'greedy' and accusing Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt of not being truthful in responding to the attacks. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Rosario Dawson speaks onstage at a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (not pictured) at Washington Square Park on April 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Film director Spike Lee attends the Bernie Sanders rally in Washington Square Park on April 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
MANHATTAN, NY - APRIL 13: U.S. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaigns at Washington Square Park in Manhattan, NY, on April 13, 2016. (Photo by Yana Paskova/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses supporters at his campaign rally in Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
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But recent polling suggests that many Sanders supporters aren't to sing kumbaya with Clintonites around a flaming effigy of the Donald. And neither is their candidate. After holding multiple campaign events in Pennsylvania Tuesday, Sanders flew back home to Burlington, to catch some shut-eye. Shortly after touching down, the Vermont senator told local reporters, "We believe we have the momentum and we believe we have a path of victory."

Meanwhile, his campaign manager Jeff Weaver told MSNBC's Steve Kornacki that path to victory may involve a contested convention.

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"Is this a fair statement," Kornacki asked,"the popular vote and the pledged delegate count: If you are not leading at least one of those counts when June 7 finishes up, when we finish this primary process, you don't have a claim to get those super delegates to flip."

"We're going to go to the convention," Weaver replied. "It is extremely unlikely that either candidate will have the requisite number of pledged delegates...so it is going to be an election determined by the super delegates."

Kornacki then asked how the Sanders campaign imagined it would win over super delegates who favor Clinton without having any claim to "the will of the people."

"Well, because they're going to want to win in November," Weaver said. "And the polling continues to show that Bernie Sanders is a much stronger general election candidate."

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So: The Sanders campaign's most plausible victory plan is to ask the Democratic Establishment to overturn the will of the voters, for electability's sake. This is an awkward argument for the democratic socialist.

We may be in for an awkward denouement to the Democratic primary.

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