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Hillary Clinton has commitments from the number of delegates to become the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president, the Associated Press reports. As the count of pledged delegates shows, Clinton has an overall support of the required 2, 383 delegates. The AP says as she is now the presumptive nominee, “She will formally accept her party’s nomination in July at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
CNN reports, “Clinton has secured 1,812 pledged delegates and 572 superdelegates for a total of 2,384 delegates — one more than needed for the nomination.” Her contestant Vermont Senator Barnie Sanders would go into the final Super Tuesday with hopes to participate in the race until the convention in July, comments CNN despited being mathematically eliminated from the race.
“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 super delegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer,” Sanders campaign manager Michael Briggs said in a statement Monday, as CNN reports. Briggs explains Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination, while waiting to vote until July 25 of the super delegates, who can change their minds.
The New York Times comments that, “like President Barack Obama eight years ago, Clinton clinched the Democratic nomination with the support of hundreds of super delegates — the party insiders, Democratic officials, members of Congress, major donors and others who help select the nominee.” The super delegates, about 720 could back any candidate they wish before the Democratic National Convention in July. The Times says, Clinton began seeking the support of the supper delegates since last spring, when she entered the campaign. By contrast, says the Times, Sanders has struggled to win their backing.