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Sanders Acknowledges Presidential Race is a 'Very, Very Uphill Fight,' But Makes It Clear That He's Not Backing Down

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Sanders said he believes Clinton is "jumping the gun a little bit" by claiming she will be the Democratic Party's nominee.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday to discuss his campaign's plans as the race for his party's nomination enters into its advanced stages.

As the race currently stands, Sanders has 1,494 compared to Clinton's 1,768, not counting superdelegates. But when superdelegates are taken into account, Clinton's 2,293 dwarf Sanders' 1,533 pledged delegates. This, Sanders and his supporters have argued, is a sign of a thoroughly undemocratic party policy.

"There’s something absurd when I get 46 percent of the delegates that come from real contests, real elections and 7 percent of superdelegates," Sanders told host Jake Tapper Sunday.

"Some 400 of Hillary Clinton’s superdelegates came onboard her campaign before anybody else announced — it was an anointment," the Vermont senator added.

Given this, however, Sanders noted that though the race is a "very, very, uphill fight," he has no plans to slow down or to drop out.

Appearing on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, Sanders told host George Stephanopoulos that he believes Clinton is "jumping the gun a little bit" by claiming she will be the Democratic Party's nominee.

"This objective evidence is our campaign is the strongest to defeat Trump," he said.

The most recent poll by the Washington Post-ABC shows Hillary Clinton lagging slightly behind the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

When asked if he would ever consider being Clinton's running mate, Sanders told Stephanopoulos, "It's a little early to talk about that. Right now, our function is to do everything I can, George" to "go into that convention with as much momentum as possible."

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