Do you think Bernie is going to hand over the baton to Hillary or will he continue to fight her? Today’s primary might be a tell all.
Hillary Clinton was campaigning Monday in a last-ditch effort to stave off an embarrassing defeat in California, even as she reportedly locked up enough delegates to capture the Democratic presidential nomination.
With polls showing the race in the Golden State as a neck-and-neck fight, Clinton desperately battled to the end for every vote and even appealed to rival Bernie Sanders to do the “right thing” and abandon his campaign.
“Tomorrow is eight years to the day after I withdrew and endorsed then-Senator Obama,” Clinton said, recalling the 2012 presidential race after one of four campaign stops. “I believed it was the right thing to do. No matter what differences we had in our long campaign, they paled in comparison to the differences we had with the Republicans.”
As Clinton struggled to seal wins in California and other states that vote Tuesday, the Associated Press issued a bulletin saying that after surveying all 714 superdelegates — party insiders who can vote for whomever they want — it determined that Clinton has exactly 2,383 delegates, the number needed to clinch. She has 1,812 pledged delegates, which she has won in primaries and caucuses, and 571 pledged superdelegates.
Clinton actually downplayed the significance of the report — despite the fact that she’d be the first woman to win a major party’s presidential nomination.
“We are on the brink of a historic moment, but we still have work to do,” she said on Twitter.
And Sanders refused to admit defeat. His campaign responded to the AP report by pointing out that superdelegates can change their minds between now and the July convention.