Last night, The Associated Press declared that Hillary Clinton has enough delegates to secure the Democratic nomination. She’s going to be the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party for the 2016 presidential election, marking the first time in history a major party has nominated a woman at the top of the ticket. Okay—we already knew this was going to happen, especially after the I-95 Corridor primaries. Clinton’s delegate lead was just insurmountable at that point. Yet, the Sanders campaign appears to be channeling their inner-Yogi Berra by adopting an “it ain’t over, till it’s over” mentality. Leah rightfully described this as denial.
The campaign sent out a press release saying, “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.” Here’s the problem, AP confirmed that all of Mrs. Clinton’s 571 superdelegates are going to vote for her at the convention. Period. As such, that’s how the oldest news agency responded: “we counted,” she reached the magic number of 2,383, and that’s the ballgame:
AP concluded that Hillary Clinton had enough delegates to clinch the nomination after a painstaking but very straightforward exercise.
By Monday evening, 571 superdelegates had told us unequivocally that they intend to vote for Clinton at the convention. Adding that number to the delegates awarded to Clinton in primary and caucus voting to date gave her the number needed to be the presumptive nominee.
That is news, and reporting the news is what we do.
Nothing in that discourages or prevents voters in six states from exercising their right to go to the polls today and cast their ballots.