Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders’s campaign denounced claims Saturday by rival candidate Hillary Clinton that the primaries are over.
“I will be the nominee for my party,” Clinton said during an interview May 19 with CNN. “That is already done, in effect. There is no way that I won’t be.”
Sanders has managed to keep pace with Clinton — the presumptive Democratic nominee since the beginning — in the polls but is far behind when it comes to delegate support. His campaign argues Clinton and the media are wrong when they say the Democratic primaries are over.
“Hillary Clinton and the news media are talking like the Democratic Party presidential nomination contest is over and done with. They’re wrong,” the Sanders campaign stated on its website. “The truth is that at the end of a long and closely-fought contest, neither candidate is likely to have enough pledged delegates to cinch the nomination before the Democratic National Convention.”
Sanders is 836 delegates away from winning the nominations. Clinton only needs 60 more, and there’s 931 delegates still up for grabs.
Clinton has endorsements from powerful Democrats like Senate Minority Leader [crscore]Harry Reid[/crscore], and national unions have overwhelmingly backed her, despite Sanders making worker issues a cornerstone of his campaign. Sanders, for instance, has been at the forefront of trying to pass a federal $15 minimum wage, which Clinton only recently began supporting it.
“Whatever the outcome, one thing is certain,” The Sanders campaign said. “Voters all across the United States deserve to have a say in who the party nominates and what the party stands for. And no candidate should be allowed to short-circuit the democratic process.”
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