- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A hefty majority of Democrats have a clear message for presidential hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders: don’t drop out.

A new NBC News poll finds that 57 percent of registered Democratic voters say Mr. Sanders should remain in the presidential race through the Democratic convention, which begins July 25.

“Though the Clinton campaign and many in the party elite may be ready for a Sanders exit, a majority of Democrats and Democratic-leaners would like to see Sanders stay,” the survey analysis said.

The poll found that 89 percent of voters who support Mr. Sanders and even 28 percent of Hillary Clinton’s fans agree with the idea. So does the candidate, who is campaigning in West Virginia on Wednesday.

“Maybe it’s over for the insiders and the party establishment, but the voters in Indiana had a different idea. The campaign wasn’t over for them. It isn’t over for the voters in West Virginia. It isn’t over for Democrats in Oregon, New Jersey and Kentucky. It isn’t over for voters in California and all the other states with contests still to come,” Mr. Sanders said in a message to his supporters.

“I understand we have an uphill climb to victory, but we have been fighting uphill from the first day of this campaign. I am in this campaign until the last vote is cast,” Mr. Sanders said.

The determined candidate has hunkered down on the campaign trail, even with news that Republican hopefuls Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich have given up their quest for the White House.

Some Democratic voters still have their reservations. The NBC poll also found that a quarter of them think Mr. Sanders should drop out after the final primary on June 14; 10 percent of Sanders voters and 40 percent of Clinton voters agree. Another 16 percent say he should “drop out now”; 0 percent of Sanders voters and 30 percent of Clinton voters agree.

The source is an NBC News/SurveyMonkey online poll of 12,462 registered U.S. voters conducted April 25 to May 1.

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