Bernie Sanders isn't just campaigning through the end of primary season to make a point, he says that he can still defeat Hillary Clinton and become the the Democratic party's nominee for president. Speaking in Los Angeles today, Sanders broke it down for the crowd to explain exactly why he says he still has a shot despite being way behind Hillary Clinton in delegates, and proclaiming that "the Democratic National Convention will be a contested convention," according to CNN.
That would be historic, since the last time there was even a hint of a possible contested convention was 1984, and even then, it didn't go down like that, according to ABC News.
Sanders told the Los Angeles crowd that the media needs to stop lumping together delegates and superdelegates. Delegates are earned through the voted-on primaries and caucuses, while superdelegates are elected officials and former elected officials who decide which candidate to support. Right now, Clinton has a big lead with 1,769 delegates and 549 superdelegates, compared to Sanders' 1,501 delegates and 46 superdelegates.
Sanders said he's still working on getting those superdelegates to switch over to his side between now and the Democratic National Convention in six weeks, where the nominee will officially be chosen.
"The media is in error when they lump superdelegates with pledged delegates. Pledged delegates are real. Hillary Clinton will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to win the Democratic nomination at the end of the nominating process on June 14. Won't happen. She will be dependent on superdelegates," Sanders said.
Primary season is wrapping up. On Tuesday, California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota will vote. After that, all that's left is Washington, D.C. on June 14.