Sanders campaign manager: ‘There’s obviously something wrong with the numbers’
By NICK GASS
Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver was not fully ready to throw in the towel in Arizona based on counted early votes late Tuesday evening, hours after The Associated Press and major networks called the Democratic race for Hillary Clinton.
“I’m not predicting victory, but I’m not predicting defeat, either,” Weaver told CNN in an interview following Sanders’ San Diego address to supporters. “I mean, we have to wait and see ‘til the votes are counted.”
“There’s obviously something wrong with the numbers, and I think once we see where they come down, it may end up being a split of delegates basically in Arizona,” he said. “I do think in other places tonight, we’re hearing some very good news.”
Asked what went wrong in Arizona, Weaver responded, “Well it’s not about what went wrong. It’s early in the night still.”
Weaver referred to CNN’s projection that 71 percent of the vote has been counted but called the overall votes that have been reported “really an underestimation of the number of people who were voting there.”
“We’ve seen lines in Arizona for five hours long literally,” he said. “So based on CNN’s calculations and what we know about how many people early-voted, that would mean only 100,000 people came out and live-voted, Democrats in Arizona. I think that that’s just wrong. So I think this race is gonna to close up substantially between now and the morning.”