Sanders Campaign Slams Clinton for Calling Herself Nominee
Bernie Sander’s campaign blasted Hillary Clinton on Thursday for calling herself the Democratic nominee.
“In the past three weeks voters in Indiana, West Virginia and Oregon respectfully disagreed with Secretary Clinton,” campaign spokesman Michael Briggs said in a statement.
“We expect voters in the remaining eight contests also will disagree.”
The Hill reports:
The statement noted that many polls show Sanders performing better than Clinton in a head-to-head matchup against Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.
“With almost every national and state poll showing Sen. Sanders doing much, much better than Secretary Clinton against Donald Trump, it is clear that millions of Americans have growing doubts about the Clinton campaign,” Briggs added.
Clinton told CNN earlier Thursday that there was “no way” she would lose the nomination to Sanders.
“I will be the nominee for my party, Chris. That is already done in effect. There is no way I won’t be,” she said.
Clinton leads Sanders in pledged delegates by almost 300, according to The Associated Press. That lead swells larger when superdelegates — the party leaders with a vote on the convention floor — are included.
With superdelegates included, Clinton is just 90 delegates short of the nomination, which means she’s all but certain to clinch by the next round of voting on June 7.
Sanders’s only plausible path to victory is convincing superdelegates backing Clinton to flip and back him instead.
The sparring by the two Democratic campaigns comes at the end of a contentious week, as Democrats fought over the fallout related to the Nevada Democratic Convention.
Clinton allies and the Democratic National Committee accused Sanders supporters of threatening opponents and rioting at the event, while Sanders came to their defense by arguing that the party establishment is working to shut his supporters out.
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