Bernie Sanders defeated opponent Hillary Clinton in Indiana’s Democratic primary Tuesday. With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Sanders had 53 percent of the vote to 47 percent for Hillary Clinton.
Sanders says they haven’t given up on the election.
“The Clinton campaign thinks this campaign is over,” Sanders said in a statement. “They’re wrong.”
Sanders spent more time campaigning in Indiana ahead of the primary, hoping to boost his campaign. His events drew thousands of supporters, and won him enough support to win the state.
Sanders’ victory in Indiana gives his campaign more momentum, and he says he is looking ahead to winning California.
“The way you bring people into the the political process is you engage in a serious issue-oriented campaign. And people come out and hear the points of view of Secretary Clinton, they hear my points of view, they get involved, and you know what? Those people then vote in the general election,” Sanders says. “So I have no doubt, zero doubt, that what we have done in this campaign, what we are doing now and what we will do in the next six weeks is good for the Dem party and it will result in a higher voter turnout.”
Sanders acknowledges that his campaign faces an uphill battle in California, saying it is a very expensive state to campaign in. But, he says, his campaign has had an impact on the presidential race regardless.
“Democrats and progressives win elections when the voter turnout is high,” Sanders says. “Republicans win elections when voter turnout is low and when people are demoralized. I’m going to do everything that I can to make sure that in Nov we have a very high voter turnout.”
Clinton maintains her lead in delegates.