Clinton Poised to Not Lose California; Sanders Poised to Not Win Nomination

In the driver's seat?

In the driver’s seat?

Polls show likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton not losing California when it votes on June 7, and her rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, not winning his party’s nomination.

“By the middle of this week this will all be over, with Clinton emerging as the presumptive nominee and Sanders emerging as the presumptive non-nominee who will continue to campaign all the way to the convention,” says Steve Cahill, a Democratic political consultant who is not aligned with either campaign.

chartGoing into California, Clinton has 2,355 delrgates, just 28 shy of the 2,383 she needs to clinch the nomination. Sanders has 1,563. Since Democrats award delegates proportionally in most states, Clinton could clinch the nomination even if she loses California, but that’s not likely to happen. Polls show her about 6 percentage points ahead of Sanders. A handful of other states vote on Tuesday as well, including delegate-rich New Jersey. For that reason, regardless of the mix of wins and losses, the nominating contest will effectively be over by the end of the day.

Do the math!

Do the math!

And tha’s why Sanders will continue to fight on, says Jeff Weaver, the candidate’s campaign manager. “What tomorrow will show us is that Clinton has simply not made her case,” he says. “Democrats are calling for Sanders to take on Trump, and that’s why we have no intention of letting Clinton walk into the Democratic convention thinking she’s going to get a coronation. She’s going to get a fight, because voters have made it clear she is not their choice.”

Weaver points out that Sanders has won 17 states and territories, while Clinton has only won 29. What’s more, Sanders has commitments from 46 super delegates, compared to Clinton’s tally of 548. Super delegates are party leaders and members of Congress who cast votes at the convention without being bound by their state results.

“Any way you look at it, Sanders is a clear favorite,” Weaver says. “That’s why this race is far from over. Bernie only needs 774 delegates to put him over the top. Clinton needs 29. You do the math. It’s time to stop treating Hillary Clinton like a queen in waiting and listen to the people.”

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