AP: Clinton reaches delegate goal; Sanders campaign denounces

UPDATE – 7:41 p.m. EST: Amid allegations from the Sanders campaign that AP’s call announcing Hillary Clinton had reached the required 2,383 delegates to clinch the nomination was premature, Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of the Associated Press, Kathleen Carroll, issued the following statement:

“AP concluded that Hillary Clinton had enough delegates to clinch the nomination after a painstaking but very straightforward exercise. We counted. By Monday evening, 571 superdelegates had told us unequivocally that they intend to vote for Clinton at the convention. Adding that number to the delegates awarded to Clinton in primary and caucus voting to date gave her the number needed to be the presumptive nominee. That is news, and reporting the news is what we do. Nothing in that discourages or prevents voters in six states from exercising their right to go to the polls today and cast their ballots.”

 

The Associated Press (AP) has announced Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has reached the minimum number of delegates required to earn her Party’s nomination for the White House.

According to the AP, Clinton clinched the nomination with victories over the weekend in the U.S. territories of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, pledged delegates and by late commitments of superdelegates after her weekend primary wins.

“We are on the brink of a historic, historic unprecedented moment but we still have work to do, don’t we?  We have six elections tomorrow and are going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California,” Clinton told supporters.

In achieving 2,383 delegates, Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman in U.S. history to represent a major political party in a bid to become president.

Shortly after AP declared Clinton had achieved necessary delegate goal to earn the nomination, Clinton told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow she intended to call Senator Sanders Tuesday evening to unify the Party.

“Our campaigns are certainly talking.  I’ll be reaching out after tomorrow night because I obviously want to unite the party.”

Responding the the AP report, the Sanders campaign pilloried the media for its “rush to judgment” on Clinton’s nomination. Sanders’ spokesman Michael Briggs released a statement which read:
“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer.”
Briggs’ statement continued to assert Mr. Sanders remains the strongest candidate to defeat GOP nominee Donald Trump and the Sanders campaign’s resolve to convince both committed and uncommitted delegates of this reality.
Mr. Sanders has been steadfast in his resolve to maintain his campaign until the convention.  On numerous occasions, Sanders has maintained the Democratic convention in Philadelphia will be contested and he can earn the nomination.
One day earlier, Senator Sanders lambasted the Democratic Party’s nomination framework during an interview with Jake Tapper on State of the Union.
Sanders described his frustration with the existence of superdelegates and how it has tipped the field in favor of Clinton before primary season began.
“My problem is that the process today has allowed Secretary Clinton to get the support of over 400 superdelegates before any other Democratic candidate was in the race.  It’s like an anointment,” Sanders said.

 

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