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Media Calls Nomination for Clinton Before California/Five Other States Even Vote


Unknown-2Tonight the Associated Press and MSNBC have called the Democratic nomination for Hillary Clinton based on her 31-delegate haul from Puerto Rico and the apparent declaration of a dozen previously-undeclared super delegates.

In a tweet, Secretary Clinton said: “We’re flattered, @AP, but we’ve got primaries to win. CA, MT, NM, ND, NJ, SD, vote tomorrow!”

With so many pledged delegates still at stake, Bernie Sanders partisans (of which I am one) are likely to cry foul because of the media’s premature calling of the race in advance of primaries in California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, New Jersey, and South Dakota. Sen. Sanders is expected to win a number of these states. Already a least five states – Maine, Alaska, Vermont, Colorado, and Wisconsin – have approved resolutions to abolish superdelegates. It remains to be seen if the DNC will recognize these amendments.

So what’s next for Senator Sanders and the People’s Revolution he has inspired? Watch this space! For now, it will suffice to say it ain’t over yet.


SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ spokesman, Michael Briggs, on Monday issued the following statement:

“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.

“Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. 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.”

  • I’m not exactly a big fan of the corporate media, but in this case they’re just doing their job, which is to report the best information they’ve got. Also, it’s nothing new, as the media has for many years kept track of delegate counts, etc., reporting when a candidate (e.g., Donald Trump) had enough delegates to be the “presumptive party nominee.” Same thing this year. Now, with that said, everyone who wants to vote should most certainly cast their ballots today – for either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. Then, we can proceed to the general election and kicking the bigoted con artist’s sorry a**.

  • Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook hits the nail on the head: “This is an important milestone, but there are six states that are voting Tuesday, with millions of people heading to the polls, and Hillary Clinton is working to earn every vote. 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.”

  • notjohnsmosby

    Superdelegates are not going away because they serve a very useful purpose – preventing a candidate like Trump. The DNC is not going to change the rulebook.

    • Chris Ambrose

      EXACTLY. If the GOP had Super Delegates they would not have to deal with Trump. Possible reforms could be made such as eliminating some of them such as making the DNC members pledged, or prohibiting the DNC members from publicly endorsing a candidate. But elected officials should remain Super Delegates and there is no way you can prohibit elected officials from making public endorsements.