AP: Clinton Just Made History

News service says she clinches, but Sanders disagrees
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 6, 2016 7:41 PM CDT
AP: Clinton Just Made History
Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally Monday in Lynwood, Calif.   (AP Photo/John Locher)

By AP's count, Hillary Clinton has just made US history: On Monday, the news service declared that she has captured commitments from the number of delegates needed to become the Democrats' presumptive nominee, the first woman to do so for either party. The Sanders camp, however, isn't convinced. The AP says Clinton reached the mark 2,383 delegates with a decisive weekend victory in Puerto Rico and a burst of last-minute support from superdelegates. Those are party officials and officeholders, many of them eager to wrap up the primary amid preference polls showing her in a tightening race with presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. Clinton has 1,812 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses. She also has the support of 571 superdelegates, according to an Associated Press count.

The AP surveyed all 714 superdelegates repeatedly in the past seven months, and only 95 remain publicly uncommitted. While superdelegates will not formally cast their votes for Clinton until the party's July convention in Philadelphia, all those counted in her tally have unequivocally told the AP they will do so. A spokesman for Bernie Sanders isn't swayed by the math, reports Politico. “Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination," said Michael Briggs. "She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then." The development comes on the eve of voting in California. (More Hillary Clinton 2016 stories.)

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