Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has condemned the media for rushing to call the Democratic presidential primary for Hillary Clinton.
The Associated Press on Monday declared Hillary Clinton the winner of the Democratic primary, based on the number of superdelegates who have expressed their support for her candidacy.
These superdelegates will vote for a Democratic nominee at the convention in July. The AP’s primary projection is merely a prediction.
In response to rampant media coverage of the headline, Bernie Sanders issued a statement saying that it was unfortunate for the media to rush to conclusions too early.
“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 Vermont Senator said.
“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 25and who can change their minds between now and then.”
“They include more than 400 superdelegates who endorsed Secretary Clinton 10 months before the first caucuses and primaries and long before any other candidate was in the race,” he said.
Sanders added that his campaign will be convincing superdelegates that he is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in the general election in November, a claim that is consistenly backed by polling.