As Clinton Makes History, Sanders Says Not So Fast

Clinton downplays talk of clinching nomination
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2016 4:40 AM CDT
Updated Jun 7, 2016 6:32 AM CDT
Sanders to Media: Not So Fast
Hillary Clinton speaks at a Monday night rally in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/John Locher)

Has Hillary Clinton clinched it? The AP called the Democratic race for Clinton on Monday based on pledged delegates and superdelegates—but Bernie Sanders' campaign says the move is a "rush to judgment." The media is "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," the Sanders campaign said in a statement. Politico reports that Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook stressed that while an "important milestone" has been passed, six states haven't voted yet. "We look forward to Tuesday night, when Hillary Clinton will clinch not only a win in the popular vote, but also the majority of pledged delegates," he said. A roundup of coverage:

  • Clinton was "beaming" when she addressed supporters at a rally at California's Long Beach City College Monday night, the Los Angeles Times reports. "We are on the brink of a historic, historic, unprecedented moment, but we still have work to do, don't we?" she said. "We have six elections tomorrow and we're going to fight for every single vote, especially right here in California."

  • Sanders, who has vowed to stay in the race until the convention, rejected a reporter's suggestion that it was "sexist" to refuse to stand down, NBC News reports. "Is that a serious question?" he asked. "To say that it is sexist that any—so if Hillary Clinton runs for president, is your point that it is sexist for any man to oppose her?"
  • At the Washington Post, Karen Tumulty looks at how Clinton has made history not just by becoming the "first woman to claim the presidential nomination of a major party," but by being "the avatar of a different way of thinking about women and what they can do."
  • The AP lists poll times and things to look out for in Tuesday's voting. In the GOP race in California, Ronald Reagan may have a surprisingly strong showing.
  • The Washington Post spoke to Sanders supporters ahead of his Monday night rally and found that many of them believe the timing of the Clinton news was no coincidence—and they want him to keep up the fight whatever happens.
  • The New York Times looks at how the AP reached the conclusion that Clinton is the presumptive nominee, and at how the announcement might affect turnout in Tuesday's voting.
(More Election 2016 stories.)

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