Down by more than 300 pledged delegates, the calls to unite around Hillary Clinton and for Bernie Sanders to drop out have been growing louder.
Besides the fact that a candidate with a plausible (though difficult) path to victory that wasn’t brought down by a scandal has never really dropped out early, that it will effectively disenfranchise states that haven’t had their primaries yet, and that there isn’t any evidence that uniting behind a candidate early actually provides any advantages in the general election, there are other reasons why Sanders ought to stay in:
Insiders: Kasich could win a contested convention • 2016 Mar 18 • Steven Shepard • Politico (via Eric B on Facebook)
Some Democrats said Sanders’ continued campaign makes it more likely the party’s candidates remain in the news, as the media focus on the chaotic Republican race.
“I don’t feel it is time for Bernie to end his campaign unless his goal is to fracture the Democratic Party.”
Other insiders cautioned the Clinton forces against putting pressure on Sanders to exit the race–especially given Clinton’s insistence on playing out the string against Barack Obama in 2008.
“Hillary stayed in until the convention. It’s completely unfair and hypocritical for her team to try and push Sanders out now.”
Clinton stayed in the race to the very end, and even late in the game when the likelihood of catching up to Obama was decidedly waning, she was adamant about continuing on.