The Associated Press sent media into a frenzy when it declared former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee making her, the first woman to ever claim the title. Some, however, feel like the announcement was delivered prematurely.
“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,” said Sanders’ spokesperson Michael Briggs in a press release.
“Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination,” the statement continues. “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.”
AP reported that Clinton had reached the 2,383 delegates required to secure the Democratic presidential nomination after her victory Sunday in Puerto Rico’s primary.
July 25 will be the true tell-all, as superdelegates will officially be counted when they vote at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
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