Hillary Clinton was overjoyed this morning when she reportedly clinched the Democratic presidential nomination. However, it didn’t take long for her to get a rude wakeup call.
Though Clinton has reached the necessary 2,383 delegates to become the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee, her opponent Bernie Sanders is not giving up quite yet. His spokesman Michael Briggs said on Monday that Clinton’s presumptive victory depends on superdelegates and, unlike pledged delegates, those are not set in stone.
“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,” Briggs said in a statement, according to Western Journalism.
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Briggs added that Sanders plans to do everything in his power to change the minds of the superdelegates prior to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.
“Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination,” he said. “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.
“Our job from now until the convention is to convince those superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump,” he continued.
It looks like Clinton doesn’t have this thing in the bag yet after all!