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Math.

Yesterday various old media entities noted that Hillary Clinton has probably accumulated enough delegates to make her the presumptive Democratic Party candidate for president. Almost everyone else figured out that this was going to happen months ago.

Bernie Sanders [2016 file photo].

Bernie Sanders [2016 file photo].

A press release from Bernie Sander’s campaign:

Sanders Campaign Statement
June 6, 2016
[….]

SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ spokesman, Michael Briggs, on Monday issued the following statement:

“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.

“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. 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.

“Our job from now until the convention is to convince those superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump.”

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Uh, unpledged PLEO (party leader, elected official) delegates can make their decision at any time before, during, or up to the point of the vote – that’s true. Though, interestingly, “Our job from now until the convention is to convince those superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump” is quite a change in attitude from a few months ago.

Another interesting turn of phrase: “Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination.” Uh, there is no such thing as “requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination.” You just need 50% plus one of all delegates.

Math.

Carry On.

Previously:

Keep Calm and Carry On (March 9, 2016)

Keep Calm and Carry On – part 2 (March 16, 2016)

Keep Calm and Carry On – part 3 (April 6, 2016)

Just because I think you’re an idiot doesn’t mean I don’t like your candidate (April 9, 2016)

Keep Calm and Carry On – part 4 (May 1, 2016)

Keep Calm and RTFM (May 16, 2016)

We are not worthy (May 17, 2016)

Keep Calm and Carry On – part 5 (May 18, 2016)