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Sanders Upset with the AP for ‘Hounding’ Superdelegates

Bernie Sanders said on Tuesday that he is upset with the Associated Press for “hounding” superdelegates and forcing the Democratic race to come to a hasty finish.

“I was upset with what the AP did,” Sanders told NBC anchor Lester Holt.

“They got on the phone, as I understand it, and they started hounding superdelegates to tell them in an anonymous way who they’d be voting for. And the night before the largest primary, the biggest primary in this entire process, they make the announcement. So I was really disappointed in what the AP did.”

The Hill reports:

Asked if he believes the announcement could suppress voter turnout — potentially keeping his supporters at home on Tuesday — the Vermont senator responded: “Yeah I do, and I was disappointed in what the AP did.”

Late Monday night, the AP — widely viewed as the gold standard for delegate tracking — declared that Clinton had passed the threshold for delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination.

Clinton will not win the nomination based solely on pledged delegates earned through the primary process, but Democrats rarely do.

Rather, she will rely on the support of superdelegates — party leaders who are not bound to any candidate — to push her over the top at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.

This has infuriated Sanders and his supporters, who say that many of those superdelegates pledged their support to the former first lady nearly a year ago, before the extent of Sanders’s political strength became apparent.

Sanders is saying he’ll spend the weeks between now and the convention trying to flip those superdelegates into his column.

“We are on the phone right now,” he told NBC.

Clinton supporters argue that she will end the primary season with a healthy lead in pledged delegates by virtue of having won about 3 million more votes overall than Sanders.

Historically, a majority of Democratic superdelegates have cast their support to the first-place finisher to get that candidate over the line for the nomination.

“Defying history is what this campaign has been about,” Sanders said.

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