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Pundits ask, “What will Bernie do” as Clinton zeroes in on number of delegates needed to be Democrats’ presidential nominee

by | Jun 6, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Sen. Bernie Sanders and pro-abortion former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Pro-abortion Sen. Bernie Sanders and pro-abortion former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

After winning easily over the weekend in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, pro-abortion Hillary Clinton is only 19 delegates short of securing the necessary 2,383 to become the Democrats’ presidential nominee. Since Democrats operate on a proportional system, by Tuesday night, the former Secretary of State will have easily passed the threshold of pledged delegates.

So, the question before the house is what Democratic Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders will do. There are stories galore that say (a) he’ll soldier on to the convention [he told NBC’s Danny Freeman on Saturday, “The Democratic national convention will be a contested convention”], (b) call for party unity and drop out, or, as the Wall Street Journal wrote (c) his camp is divided what to do next.

While all the attention is understandably being paid to California (172 delegates) , Democrats in Montana (27) , North Dakota (23), New Jersey (51), New Mexico (24) and South Dakota (29) are also holding presidential primaries tomorrow.

The polls suggest a tight race, even though the state’s Democratic powerbrokers are all supporting Mrs. Clinton. Sanders is counting on a “surge in California voter registration,” according to the Washington Times, on the theory that many/most new voters would vote for him. “About 650,000 Californians registered to vote in the past 45 days, bringing the state’s total voter registration to a record 17.9 million,” according to Ben Wolfgang.

“Given his rhetoric over the weekend, Sanders didn’t sound like someone ready to end the race as he took aim at the Clinton Foundation,” NBC’s First Read reported.

“If you asked me about the Clinton Foundation, do I have a problem when a sitting secretary of state and a foundation run by her husband collects many millions of dollars from foreign governments, governments which are dictatorships? … Yes, I do,” he told CNN.

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