Sanders: I'm Heading to the Convention Even If Clinton Sweeps Calif., NJ Primaries

Regardless of her wins, the Vermont senator says he's Philadelphia-bound.

"I think you know there’s been some discussion that some of the media is going to say the campaign is over, she is the nominee on Tuesday night after the votes come in from New Jersey — that’s not accurate," said Sanders, who has been feverishly campaigning in California, where 475 pledged delegates are at stake.

The Sanders campaign has said for months that it intends to fight until the party meets in Philadelphia, even if he does not have the lead in pledged delegates. However, until recently, the Vermont senator has also consistently contended he will pass her on that front. These days he talks about the momentum he will have going into the convention. His comments today were notable in that they come so late in the game, as Clinton stands on the verge of securing the number of delegates needed for the nomination.

Considering her resounding lead among the party’s superdelegates, the former secretary of state currently needs only 73 more delegates to clinch the nomination. She has 2,310 pledged delegates and superdelegates committed to her; 2,383 are needed for the Democratic nomination.

Sanders has been feverishly campaigning up and down California, hoping for a landslide victory in the state, where 475 pledged delegates are at stake.

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