(Diya TV) — Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has secured the necessary amount of delegates required for the party’s nomination for president, The Associated Press reported Monday night. If so, the achievement would make Clinton the first female nominee of a major party for presidency.
According to the report, the latest 23 superdelegates to pledge their support brings Clinton to the grand magical total of 2,383.
Bernie Sanders, the only opponent Clinton faces, immediately responded to the news, saying that the media is ignoring the DNC’s process and is rushing to judgement.
“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, 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,” the Sanders camp 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.”
Sanders’ campaign manager Michael Briggs responded Monday evening with a similar sentiment to that of his boss.
“Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination,” 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.”
Clinton has 1,812 pledged delegates and 571 superdelegates. Sanders has 1,522 pledged delegates and 48 superdelegates, according to estimate from ABC News.
Clinton’s campaign responded to the news, calling the victory an “important milestone,” but is also focused on the six states that will be holding elections Tuesday. Hundreds of delegates are at stake in the contests tomorrow night in six states — California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.
“There are six states that are voting Tuesday, with millions of people heading to the polls, and Hillary Clinton is working to earn every vote. We look forward to Tuesday night, when Hillary Clinton will clinch not only a win in the popular vote, but also the majority of pledged delegates,” campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement.
Sanders has on multiple occasions been critical of the nomination process, going as far to say its unfair and calling it a rigged system.
“When we talk about a rigged system, it’s also important to understand how the Democratic Convention works,” Sanders said at a rally in Evansville, Indiana last month. “We have won, at this point, 45 percent of pledged delegates, but we have only earned 7 percent of superdelegates.
“So, in other words, the way the system works, is you have establishment candidates who win virtually all of the superdelegates. It makes it hard for insurgent candidacies like ours to win.”