Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) doesn’t care what theAssociated Press and NBC News have to say about Hillary Clinton securing enough pledged delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination for president, he says he’s not dropping out until the Democratic National Convention in July.
Last night, NBC News reported that Clinton’s “new tally includes pledges from over a dozen new superdelegates as well as her accumulation of 36 pledged delegates in Sunday’s Puerto Rico primary.” Sanders’ spokesman called this a “rush to judgment” and said in a statement, “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.”
This is factually true, and the fact that the AP and NBC News chose to call the entire primary race for Clinton the night before six states (including California, with its 475 delegates at stake) plays into the Sanders camp’s narrative that “the game is rigged.” But what Sanders and his supporters refuse to accept is that Sanders has always had a superdelegate problem, which would only be surmounted by Sanders winning convincingly among pledged delegates, which he has failed to do. Clinton holds a lead of about 300 pledged delegates (at last count) and has amassed over three million more votes.