Bill Clinton’s Response To Hillary’s Presumptive Status Shows It Ain't Over Yet
Although the Associated Press reported Monday night that Hillary Clinton had enough delegates to be the presumptive Democratic nominee, her husband isn't ready to say she's got this locked up yet. ABC News reported that former President Bill Clinton told reporters Tuesday, "We can't say the primary is over. Let people vote. Let them have their say."
The former secretary of state was also hesitant to put too much weight into the AP's report that she had the needed 2,383 delegates. Shortly after it was published, Clinton tweeted a link to the article with the text, "We’re flattered, @AP, but we've got primaries to win. CA, MT, NM, ND, NJ, SD, vote tomorrow!"
There's reason for Clinton's campaign to downplay reports that she's crossed the delegate threshold, even though it means she's largely quashed rival Bernie Sanders and it marks a historic moment for women in U.S. politics. As the report noted, if Clinton's supporters feel too sure of her nomination (which has not been declared or confirmed by the Democratic National Committee), they may not turn out to vote in the six states holding primaries today (California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota).
While Clinton doesn't technically need to to win those states to secure the Democratic nomination, Sanders and his supporters will likely use any victories as fuel to keep the battle going to the convention floor in Philadelphia come July.