“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'” — Isaac Asimov
Jessa Lewis got elected to represent voters from Washington State at the Democratic National Convention. But she barely made it to Philadelphia. Delegates are responsible for covering the cost of their trips, and Jessa figured she needed at least $4,000 to pay for travel, hotel, and food as well as unpaid leave from her job — money she didn’t have. Only through the help of an online crowdfunding campaign was she able to attend the event.
The Associated Press reported Monday night that Hillary Clinton has secured the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination for president.
The AP tally comes ahead primary elections on Tuesday in six states, including delegate-rich California.
“According to the news, we are on the brink of a historic, historic, unprecedented moment, but we still have work to do,” Clinton said at the start of a Monday rally in Long Beach, Calif., shortly after the AP made the call.
In a statement Monday night, the campaign also cautioned that the results were not a done deal.
“This is an important milestone, but there are six states that are voting Tuesday, with millions of people heading to the polls, and Hillary Clinton is working to earn every vote,” campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement. “We look forward to Tuesday night, when Hillary Clinton will clinch not only a win in the popular vote, but also the majority of pledged delegates.”
In a response, the rival Democratic campaign of Bernie Sanders said it was wrong to count the superdelegates — party leaders who can choose any candidate — before they actually vote at the Democratic National Convention in July.
“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer,” the campaign said.
Is Donald Trump really going to be the Republican presidential nominee?
After his victories this week, this once-unthinkable outcome looks more likely than ever, and Republican elites are increasingly resigning themselves to it. But he hasn’t clinched it yet.
Trump has built up such a lead in the delegate count at this point that he’s all but assured to finish with more delegates than any of his rivals. By our count, he has around 990 delegates, which places him very far ahead of Ted Cruz and John Kasich: