Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called the Associated Press’s announcement that Clinton had clinched the Democratic nomination a “rush to judgement” in a statement released Monday night.
Clinton was expected to clinch the nomination after Tuesday’s primaries and caucuses.
“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that is wrong to count the votes of super delegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer,” the statement read.
The AP count included pledged delegates and super delegates — those who are not bound to support a particular candidate.
“Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on super delegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then. They include more than 400 super delegates who endorsed Secretary Clinton 10 months before the first caucuses and primaries and long before any candidate was in the race.”
Sanders has previously vowed that he would stay in the race until the Democratic nomination convention in July in Philadelphia.
If Clinton wins around 54 percent of the pledged delegates available in contests Tuesday and next week in Washington, D.C., she would end up 200 pledged delegates short of the nomination before the convention. Sanders would fall 535 short.