The Associated Press (AP) said Hillary Clinton is now the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party, following her recent victories in the caucus in the U.S. Virgin Islands and primary Puerto Rico over the weekend.
Based on the AP delegate count on Monday, Clinton already reached the required 2,383 delegates (pledged and superdelegates) to seal the nomination.
AP delegate count
The news agency noted that the former Secretary of State obtained 1,812 pledged delegates during the caucuses and primaries. She has the support of 571 superdelegates. Overall, Clinton has 2,383 delegates.
On the other hand, Senator Bernie Sanders won 1,521 delegates plus the support of 48 superdelegates—the total is 1,569 delegates. Clinton leads Sanders by 291 pledged delegates and 523 superdelegates.
Democratic superdelegates support Clinton unequivocally
The Democratic Party has 714 superdelegates, who are party officials, governors and members of the Congress. They will vote for the candidate of their choice during the Democratic National Convention in July
The AP asked the superdelegates throughout the primary season as to whom they plan to support at the national convention. Once a certain superdelegate expressed his or her intention to unequivocally support a certain candidate in the election, AP added that superdelegate to a candidate’s tally. The news agency listed those who said they are yet to make a decision or expressed any reservation as uncommitted.
In a statement, AP Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll, said, “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.”
“AP concluded that Hillary Clinton had enough delegates to clinch the nomination after a painstaking but very straightforward exercise.”
Remaining Democratic primaries
There are still two days of Democratic primaries. Six states including California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota will hold primaries on Tuesday, June 7. There are 694 delegates up for grabs. On June 14, Washington D.C will hold its primary election, which offers 46 delegates.
Clinton is expected to have a double-digit lead and a 4% lead against Sanders in New Jersey and California, respectively.
AP emphasized that even if Clinton will lose all the remaining primaries, she would continue to enjoy a comfortable lead— above the required 2,383 delegates/ Take note that the Democratic Party awards delegates in proportion to the votes received by the candidate.
President Obama plans to endorse Clinton
President Barack Obama was reportedly planning to endorse Clinton this week. Yesterday, Clinton called for unity within the Democratic Party. During an event in California, she told reporters that in 2008, she decided to support then Sen. Barack Obama after a bitter primary contest.
She said, “I believed it was the right thing to do. No matter what differences we had in our long campaign, they paled in comparison to the differences we had with the Republicans, and that is actually even more true today.”
“Anyone who has supported me, anyone who has supported Senator Sanders has a lot at stake in this election in preventing Donald Trump from being our president.”