Bernie Sanders To Drop Out Of Presidential Race? Campaign Lays Off Staff, Downsizes
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has revealed plans to lay off staff by the “hundreds,” following his four loses in the recent northeast primaries. Now, one can’t help but wonder if this is an indication the Vermont senator is thinking of calling it quits.Advertisement
The answer is unlikely. According to Michael Briggs, the spokesman for Sanders, the reason for letting a lot of staff go is simple: the primaries and caucuses are now 80 percent complete.
Briggs explained, “That means that we no longer require many of the loyal and dedicated state and national support staffers who helped us in places like New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and other states where the nominating contests have been completed.”
During a recent interview with The New York Times, Sanders also echoed the same sentiment. “We want to win as many delegates as we can, so we do not need workers now in states around the country,” he said.
Moreover, Sanders confirmed that “hundreds of staff members” will be let go.
At the same time, Sanders stressed that the decision to let staff go is not exactly due to budget considerations. In fact, he stressed that his campaign’s fund-raising efforts “continues to be very strong.” According to Open Secrets, Sanders has raised $604,465 while his candidate committee money now costs $182,182,143.
During the recently concluded primaries, Sanders only took one win. This was in Rhode Island, where he ended up getting 55 percent of votes or 66,270 along with 13 of the 24 available delegates, according to the results by Associated Press. It was a close fight with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who got 43.3 percent of the votes and 11 delegates. Elsewhere, Clinton proved victorious.
Today, Sanders’ campaign will now focus on the remaining primaries and caucuses. California is the greatest goal here, and more than 300 workers are being tapped to help the Vermont senator win.