The 18th state contest won over rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sanders was clear in his intentions to not only continue on in his candidacy, but to win the coming primary contests.
“The Clinton campaign thinks this campaign is over. They’re wrong. Maybe it’s over for the insiders and the party establishment, but the voters in Indiana had a different idea.” – Democratic Presidential Candidate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders
“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,” Sanders said.
Taking a page out of Clinton’s book, Sanders turned his attention to November and Republican front-runner, New York real estate mogul, Donald Trump.
“We understand that we have an uphill climb to victory but we have been fighting uphill from the first day of this campaign. We are in this campaign to win and we’re going to fight until the last vote is cast. There is nothing I would like more than to take on and defeat Donald Trump, someone who must never become president of this country,” Sanders said in a statement.
Indiana exit polling on Tuesday had Sanders leading Clinton, although early return numbers, had pundits on both sides taking to social media as the former First Lady was initially leading the contest.
Sanders was up by 5 points and more than 30,000 votes with 95% reporting just before midnight on Tuesday. The win, and massive crowds of supporters are sure to infuse the campaign with fresh momentum, affirming the senator’s commitment to those voters who don’t pander to party politics. Drawing generous support from young voters, Independents and unaffiliated folk, Sanders continues to bring his message of a political revolution to those who believe in citizen-based democratic and electoral systems.
Sanders campaign expressed confidence in winning the next round of primaries, open to those groups who rally behind him and his candidacy. Next up for the two candidates are the Guam caucus on May 7 and West Virginia on May 10.
This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on May 3, 2016.