Hillary Clinton defeated Bernie Sanders in the last Democratic presidential primary of 2016 on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., ending a four-and-a-half month delegate election schedule that began in Iowa at the beginning of February.
The presumptive Democratic nominee unsurprisingly won the District in overwhelming fashion — 78 to 21 percent — securing 16 pledged delegates to Sanders’ four.
Before all the votes could be counted Tuesday evening, the two Democratic rivals met at a downtown Washington,D.C., hotel for two hours to discuss areas of potential policy agreement. Sanders’ wife Jane and campaign manager Jeff Weaver, along with Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook and chairman John Podesta, were also in attendance.
“Sanders congratulated Secretary Clinton on the campaign she has run and said he appreciated her strong commitment to stopping Trump in the general election,” Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said in a statement. “The two discussed a variety of issues where they are seeking common ground: substantially raising the minimum wage; real campaign finance reform; making health care universal and accessible; making college affordable and reducing student debt.”
More than a little agreement between the two candidates may be necessary given that Sanders received five seats on the DNC Platform Drafting Committee, which will meet in July to draw up the party’s official policy proposals for 2016.
Some of the reforms Sanders has said he wants to see instituted at the Democratic National Convention include eliminating party superdelegates from the nominating process, allowing registered independents to vote in the primaries and an overhaul of DNC leadership personnel.
Before meeting with Clinton, Sanders spoke about his reform proposals at a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday afternoon.
In the 2016 primaries overall, Clinton won 28 states to Sanders’ 22, capturing over 3.5 million more votes.
Still, with 2,383 delegates needed to win the nomination, Clinton only has 2,219 pledged delegates to Sanders’ 1,832. However Clinton has secured 581 superdelegates, according to AP, giving the former Secretary a total of 2,800.
Sanders has only amassed the support of 49 superdelegates to-date, less than 10 percent of the total allotted.
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