Bernie Sanders will lose to Hillary Clinton in South Carolina’s Democratic presidential primary Saturday. The Vermont senator knows that he is not going to win in South Carolina so he is spending his time and money in Super Tuesday states where he could pick off a few of the 12 states up for grabs.
Sanders will turn his focus today on the North East and the Midwest, where states with later nominating contests even beyond Super Tuesday. Sanders will not return to the South Carolina until Friday, when he will take a swing through the state.
Today Sanders will hold a rally in Kansas City. Missouri Democrats vote March 15. On Thursday, he has a campaign event scheduled for Tulsa, Okla., where voters cast ballots March 1. The Vermont senator has a 75-point lead in his home state of Vermont. He also leads Clinton by about 4 points in Massachusetts.
But he has a problem and that is in seven other March 1 states, however, Clinton has double-digit leads including the biggest states on the board that day.
The former secretary of state’s team believes her plan to stay in South Carolina for the rest of the week will help her gain a big delegate margin from the state while allowing her to jump to other southern states — like Georgia on Friday — if she wants to shore up her support there ahead of March 1. She has the added benefit of former President Bill Clinton making the rounds for her in other key Super Tuesday states — Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas so far this week; with a Virginia stop coming Wednesday.
Sanders plan is to stay in the fight as long as possible even if he doesn’t win the nomination. Clinton with the Super Delegates has a big advantage and baring a major collapse she wins the nomination.