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Both Clinton and Sanders annoyed for different reasons by AP’s call that Clinton had secured the nomination

by | Jun 7, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) [AP]

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) [AP]

As I write this post–actually hours before I sat down to compose it–pro-abortion Hillary Clinton had clinched her party’s presidential nomination, according to the Associated Press.

The AP canvassed enough so-called “superdelegates” to conclude that added to the delegates won in primaries and caucuses, “history” had been made–the former Secretary of State had become “the first woman to capture the presidential nomination of one of the country’s major political parties.”

So why was the Clinton camp so annoyed? She was just a handful of delegates away from attaining the threshold and there were hundreds of delegates in play today, so there was no mystery what the results would be by the end of the day.

Clinton was ticked because, POLITICO reported, “Tuesday night was supposed to be that big, crowning moment when she declared victory over her rival Bernie Sanders — until the Associated Press stole Clinton’s thunder by calling her the presumptive nominee Monday evening, a day earlier than the campaign had planned.”

The remaining question, as we discussed yesterday, is what Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders will do.

Pre-primary polls show him very close to Clinton. What if he carries California by a hairs-breath? What if he is reallllly annoyed that the AP called the race before Clinton officially, officially reached the magic total of 2,383 delegates ?

“Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination,” Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said. “She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then.”

Moreover, as CBS News reported

Sanders said that he’ll be in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, then will fly back to Burlington, Vermont and then said he “certainly” plans to campaign in Washington, D.C. ahead of the final primary on June 14. He also said he and his campaign have had private conversations with superdelegates and mentioned that four superdelegates in three or four states might endorse Sanders.

As you would expect, all the party heavyweights, including President Obama, are counseling Sanders on the wisdom of “party unity.”

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