Hillary Clinton Clinches Democratic Nomination, Says AP

AP Calls Democratic Primary for Hillary
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The Associated Press and NBC News have declared Hillary Clinton the winner of the Democratic presidential primary, based on pledged delegates and public commitments from superdelegates.

The Clinton campaign, however, is waiting until California and five other states cast ballots on Tuesday to declare victory.

“We look forward to Tuesday night, when Hillary Clinton will clinch not only a win in the popular vote, but also a majority of the pledged delegates,” campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement.


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Clinton was widely expected to reach the 2,383 delegates needed to claim the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s contests. But the AP, which has been running its own delegate count, determined that she has reached that threshold with superdelegates and with her blowout win in Puerto Rico on Sunday.

After news broke, Bernie Sanders’ campaign issued a statement on the “establishment media,” claiming that they have taken to a “rush to judgement.”

“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, 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,” says the statement from Sanders spokesperson Michael Briggs.

“Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then. They include more than 400 superdelegates who endorsed Secretary Clinton 10 months before the first caucuses and primaries and long before any other candidate was in the race,” it goes on. “Our job from now until the convention is to convince those superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump.”

In San Francisco, where Sanders was holding a rally and concert with such musicians as Dave Matthews, one of Sanders’ political surrogates, Nina Turner, insisted that the race should go all the way to the convention.

Clinton’s campaign was holding their own concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Early in the evening, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti mentioned the AP call to cheers from the crowd, but he said that the race wasn’t over yet and urged supporters to get out the vote in Tuesday’s primary. It reflected some consternation among supporters that the AP call could depress turnout.

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  1. J. Schmoe says:

    People who support either of the demagogues in this election season (Donald and Bernie) will just have to settle for a woman this round. She’s smarter than the two of them combined and she’s going to win in November. Bravo, Lady President-to-be. Can’t wait!

  2. goatsandmonkeys says:

    Poetic Justice! The Greeks couldn’t have written it better.
    Bernie has been beating his chest and threatening to snake her super delegates, way too long. And he can’t stop trashing her, and the party that is giving him a voice.
    It feels so good that “Old Man Smell” had it turned back on him.

  3. David4 says:

    The media tries to blame Bernie Sander’s and his supporters yet fail to remember what Clinton herself wrote in 2008…

    Dear ___________,

    The stakes in this election are so high: with two wars abroad, our economy in crisis here at home, and so many families struggling across America, the need for new leadership has never been greater.

    At this point, we do not yet have a nominee – and when the last votes are cast on June 3, neither Senator Obama nor I will have secured the nomination. It will be up to automatic delegates like you to help choose our party’s nominee, and I would like to tell you why I believe I am the stronger candidate against Senator McCain and would be the best President and Commander in Chief.

    Voters in every state have made it clear that they want to be heard and counted as part of this historic race. And as we reach the end of the primary season, more than 17 million people have supported me in my effort to become the Democratic nominee – more people than have ever voted for a potential nominee in the history of our party. In the past two weeks alone, record numbers of voters participated in the West Virginia and Kentucky primaries. And with 40 and 35 point margins of victory, it is clear that even when voters are repeatedly told this race is over, they’re not giving up on me – and I am not giving up on them either.

    After seven years of feeling invisible to the Bush administration, Americans are seeking a President who is strong, experienced, and ready to take on our toughest challenges, from serving as Commander in Chief and ending the war in Iraq to turning our economy around. They want a President who shares their core beliefs about our country and its future and “gets” what they go through every day to care for their families, pay the bills and try to put something away for the future.

    We simply cannot afford another four – or eight – years in the wilderness. That is why, everywhere I go, people come up to me, grip my hand or arm, and urge me to keep on running. That is why I continue in this race: because I believe I am best prepared to lead this country as President – and best prepared to put together a broad coalition of voters to break the lock Republicans have had on the electoral map and beat Senator McCain in November.

    Recent polls and election results show a clear trend: I am ahead in states that have been critical to victory in the past two elections. From Ohio, to Pennsylvania, to West Virginia and beyond, the results of recent primaries in battleground states show that I have strong support from the regions and demographics Democrats need to take back the White House. I am also currently ahead of Senator McCain in Gallup national tracking polls, while Senator Obama is behind him. And nearly all independent analyses show that I am in a stronger position to win the Electoral College, primarily because I lead Senator McCain in Florida and Ohio. I’ve enclosed a detailed analysis of recent electoral and polling information, and I hope you will take some time to review it carefully.

    In addition, when the primaries are finished, I expect to lead in the popular vote and in delegates earned through primaries. Ultimately, the point of our primary process is to pick our strongest nominee – the one who would be the best President and Commander in Chief, who has the greatest support from members of our party, and who is most likely to win in November. So I hope you will consider not just the strength of the coalition backing me, but also that more people will have cast their votes for me.

    I am in this race for them — for all the men and women I meet who wake up every day and work hard to make a difference for their families. People who deserve a shot at the American dream – the chance to save for college, a home and retirement; to afford quality health care for their families; to fill the gas tank and buy the groceries with a little left over each month.

    I am in this race for all the women in their nineties who’ve told me they were born before women could vote, and they want to live to see a woman in the White House. For all the women who are energized for the first time, and voting for the first time. For the little girls – and little boys – whose parents lift them onto their shoulders at our rallies, and whisper in their ears, “See, you can be anything you want to be.” As the first woman ever to be in this position, I believe I have a responsibility to them.

    Finally, I am in this race because I believe staying in this race will help unite the Democratic Party. I believe that if Senator Obama and I both make our case – and all Democrats have the chance to make their voices heard – everyone will be more likely to rally around the nominee.

    In the end, I am committed to unifying this party. What Senator Obama and I share is so much greater than our differences; and no matter who wins this nomination, I will do everything I can to bring us together and move us forward.

    But at this point, neither of us has crossed the finish line. I hope that in the time remaining, you will think hard about which candidate has the best chance to lead our party to victory in November. I hope you will consider the results of the recent primaries and what they tell us about the mindset of voters in the key battleground states. I hope you will think about the broad and winning coalition of voters I have built. And most important, I hope you will think about who is ready to stand on that stage with Senator McCain, fight for the deepest principles of our party, and lead our country forward into this new century.

    • goatsandmonkeys says:

      Um. Dude. Clinton actually WON that primary. The DNC DISENFRANCHISED TWO STATES to keep Clinton from getting the candidacy.
      But I guess that’s too complex for your pea-brained millennial brain to understand.
      “Doh, Me Bernie! Me Take over Convention! Me break into her computer. Me boo her speeches! Me be president!”

      • marinainla says:

        You shouldn’t name yourself after goats and monkeys. After reading less than 3 words of the Neanderthal like drivel you spew it’s quite easy to see that most animals, including bottom feeders, are much better educated, better looking with more grace, wit and style than you will ever have – please don’t insult them.

  4. Nanny Mo says:

    Thus she just handed us Donald Trump. Just as Mitt gave us Obama +4, Hillary just gave us Trump +4-8. I might have voted for Bernie, but I won’t be voting Hillary.

    • J. Schmoe says:

      She won’t need people like you to win. Her speech last week that took the country by storm was just the beginning. Trump (and you if you like) can be cry babies all you want when she wins the Presidency.

    • ScottBa says:

      Lies! Get out and vote Bernie!!!

  5. Tom says:

    Boo ! on AP & NBC
    bad actors

  6. Dee Cee says:

    Let’s hope all the Hillary voters stay home tomorrow since she has already “won” and no longer needs your vote.

  7. Ted says:

    Highly irresponsible to release this the day before the California primary.

  8. Dee Cee says:

    Bullshite. Hillary will not have the required number of delegates to secure the nomination and will have to rely on Superdelegates who do not vote until the convention. Do not count your chickens before they hatch.

  9. Lin says:

    This is just more bullsh*t from the mainstream media trying to dissuade tomorrow’s primary voters from voting for Sanders. We aren’t listening. It’s not over until July 25.

  10. Moving to Canada in 2016 says:

    Take away the BS super delegates and ask yourself who the democrats truly support

    • Easy–they truly support Hillary Clinton, who has hundreds more delegates than Bernie Sanders, regardless of how you count them. Sanders is just floating down the River Denial at this point.

    • goatsandmonkeys says:

      Since Clinton got the majority of votes, I guess it’s Clinton.

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