At energetic election night rally in Santa Monica, Democratic presidential challenger Bernie Sanders vowed to fight on past the California primary on June 7, 2016.

Moments after Hillary Clinton declared herself the Democratic presidential nominee on Tuesday, her chief rival Bernie Sanders vowed to “continue to fight for every vote and every delegate,” writes USA Today.

He plans to push through the last primary on June 14 in Washington, D.C., where he will hold a rally Thursday, and then at the Democratic Party’s convention in Philadelphia next month, the report says:

“I am pretty good in arithmetic and I know that the fight in front of us is a very, very steep fight,” he told cheering supporters at an election night rally in Santa Monica. “But we will continue to fight for every vote and every delegate … The struggle continues!”

The Associated Press announced Monday night that Hillary Clinton had secured support from enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination, and Tuesday she took the stage after a big victory in the New Jersey primary and declared the race over. Clinton was the winner in the South Dakota and New Mexico primaries and Sanders the winner in Montana’s primary and North Dakota’s caucus. The AP, CNN and NBC all called California for Clinton early Wednesday.

The pledge comes amid chatter that Sanders on Wednesday plans to lay off at least half of his campaign staff, reports The New York Times:

Many of those being laid off are advance staff members who often help with campaign logistics, as well as field staff members who have been working to garner votes for the senator, according to a campaign official and a former campaign staff member, both of whom spoke on condition of anonymity. Some campaign workers may move into jobs at Mr. Sanders’s Senate office, but others will be terminated, they said.

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SOURCE: The New York Times, USA Today | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform

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