Bernie Sanders Campaign Responds to Report of Clinton as Presumptive Nominee
"Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination," reads a press release.
In response to Monday's AP report that Hillary Clinton has secured the delegates needed to become the Democratic party presumptive nominee, Bernie Sanders' campaign has issued a statement saying it's wrong to count the votes before the summer convention.
"Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination," reads the press release issued by campaign spokesman Michael Briggs Monday night.
According to the AP count, Clinton reached the 2,383 delegates needed with her weekend victory in Puerto Rico and a burst of last-minute support from superdelegates: She has 1,812 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses and the support of 571 superdelegates. The AP surveyed all 714 superdelegates repeatedly in the past seven months, and only 95 remain publicly uncommitted.
Read the full statement from the Sanders campaign below:
“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, 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.”