While the campaign had exhibited coherence through the first few states, flawed decisions and deep frustrations have marked the second half of the calendar.
The most public sign of discontent and disagreement in the campaign came April 26. It was a key turning point.
Sanders had just lost four of the five states that had voted — a week after a pummeling in the delegate-rich state of New York, where the democratic socialist was born and where he hoped to make a dent in Hillary Clinton’s delegate lead.
News outlets deemed the campaign on its last legs, and top advisers were publicly scrambling over how to react to the string of losses.
Senior adviser Tad Devine told The New York Times that the tough electoral results would spur a “reassessment,” while spokesman Michael Briggs insisted the inner workings of the campaign would not be rewired.
“There’s nothing to reassess,” Briggs said in an email to VTDigger on April 26. “He’s made clear that he’s going forward to give voters in California and every other state that still hasn’t voted a voice and a choice in the democratic process.”
The next afternoon, after an assessment, the Times’ Yamiche Alcindor reported that hundreds of staff members would be laid off and Sanders would “focus much of his remaining effort on winning the June 7 California primary.”
The story surfaced before the word was official, and many of the staffers learned of the layoffs from the Times, not the campaign.
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