Bernie Sanders Isn't Buying Hillary Clinton's Presidential Nomination Status Just Yet
On Monday, the Associated Press reported that Hillary Clinton had enough delegates to be the presumptive Democratic nominee for the presidency. Unsurprisingly, Bernie Sanders' campaign has dismissed the report. The Vermont senator's campaign released a statement saying "Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination."
The statement from the Sanders' campaign proceeded to stress that superdelegates could potential sway in the outcome in the Vermont senator's favor — which is true, though unlikely for a number of reasons: "She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then." The Sanders campaign also criticized the outlets for relying on the AP report, declaring "It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee's clear statement that is wrong to count the vote of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer."
Sanders' campaign has long-touted the importance of a Democratic candidate securing the nomination threshold —2,383 delegates — without counting superdelegates. Sanders himself has also vowed to stay in the race and fight for the nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next month. Based on his campaign's full statement, included below, he does not appear to be conceding any time soon:
Still, whether the Vermont senator does continue his campaign to Philadelphia and contests the convention remains to be seen.