My series on Sanders has argued that if Trump keeps his word and drops out because "I will not run if I am losing in the polls(Trump)."
Or what happens if Trump surges to go ahead of Clinton or risk going ahead because "The chief thing is to defeat Trump and defeat him badly (Sanders)."
Sanders has kept his options open: he has not turned down the Stein offer, he is not campaigning for Clinton, and he has left the Democratic Party.
My other claim is that he could, in a coalition with Johnson on the Green/Lib ticket win with 35% which he already has, if you add Johnson's 15% support. And since all polls show him beating Trump in a landslide, we can assume that Sanders alone would get at least, very conservatively, up to 30% on his own. Add it up: 48% with Stein's supporters, but with no help at all, Sanders easily can get 35% based on polls.
I have claimed you can win with 35% in a 3 way, but I have found an article which proves how a candidate can win with 22%, if he wins the "right" states. The Electoral College is such a nightmare that it promotes the victory of minority candidates (Bush II comes to mind). It also allows an electoral success with only 22%.
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Here is how it is done:
"The optimal solution happens to get exactly 270 electoral votes. In this solution, the winner takes DC, the 37 smallest states, the 39th smallest state, and the 40th smallest state. (The winner takes Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.)" source: click here
Winning with 35% would be much easier, as Clinton in 92 got 68% of electoral votes and 43% of popular vote.
The 22% scenario would work for a "conservative" since the smaller states are more rural and conservative, but at 35%, the big states, led by California, with 10% of the popular and electoral vote, NY with 7%, etc. could carry Bernie to the White House.
Bernie has exhibited political genius and those who denounce him are summer soldiers unaware of the long plan, and I am sure he knows exactly which states he would have to win to be victorious in a 3 way race with less than 50%.