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Sanders Says He Can Still Win Despite Difficult Odds

Bernie Sanders speaking at an event in Phoenix, Arizona

Following a loss in New York on April 19, the race to the Democratic presidential nomination is an uphill battle for Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, but he said he can still pull out a victory.

As of April 20, Sanders has 1,151 pledged delegates to fellow Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's 1,428, Slate reports. Each candidate needs at least 2,383 delegates, including superdelegates, to win the race. Clinton has 1,930 total delegates, or 81 percent of those needed to secure the nomination, while Sanders has 1,189 total delegates, or 50 percent of what he needs. In order to secure the nomination, Clinton would only need 28 percent of the remaining total 1,646 delegates, while Sanders needs 73 percent.

Despite these odds, Sanders is confident that he can still become the Democratic nominee.

"We still have a path to the nomination, and our plan is to win the pledged delegates in this primary," the Sanders campaign wrote in a memo to his supporters, according to the Washington Examiner. "Next week five states vote, and there are A LOT of delegates up for grabs. I am going to keep fighting for every vote, for every delegate, because each is a statement of support for the values we share."

Sanders may be on to something – in order to win the majority of the 2,027 remaining pledged delegates, Sanders needs 59 percent of the votes to Clinton's 41 percent, Slate notes.

"When we started this campaign, I emailed my supporters and said, 'This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders,'" the Vermont senator wrote in the memo, the Washington Examiner reports. "'It's about a grassroots movement of Americans standing up and saying: 'Enough is enough. This country and our government belong to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires.''"

It is unclear whether the New York delegate count will change after thousands of registered Democrats said they were removed from voting books and forced to vote with provisional or affidavit ballots, but it will likely not change Sanders' odds of winning by very much.

While Clinton is undoubtedly the front-runner, one thing is clear: Sanders is gaining on the former secretary of state. He has won several national polls throughout the month of April, according to Real Clear Politics. The website's April 21 averages show Sanders down by only 1.4 percent nationally, compared to December 2015, when he trailed Clinton by 27 points. However, it is not clear whether or not Sanders' efforts have come too late.

Sources: SlateWashington ExaminerNew York Daily NewsReal Clear Politics / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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