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the party ahead of next month’s party con­ven­tion.

Clin­ton is anx­ious to turn her full at­ten­tion to the gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign against pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump. She se­cured the en­dorse­ment on Tues­day of US Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Nancy Pelosi of Cal­i­for­nia, who as House Demo­cratic leader with­held her sup­port un­til vot­ing day.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama him­self was eager to start cam­paign­ing, the White House said, but wanted to give vot­ers an op­por­tu­nity to cast bal­lots be­fore weigh­ing in on the Demo­cratic race. San­ders, a US sen­a­tor from Ver­mont who de­scribes him­self as a demo­cratic so­cial­ist, has vowed to con­tinue the fight un­til the party con­ven­tion that for­mally picks the nom­i­nee.

He has com­manded huge crowds in parks and sta­di­ums, gal­vanis­ing younger vot­ers with his prom­ises to ad­dress eco­nomic in­equal­ity.

But Clin­ton has con­tin­ued to edge out San­ders, par­tic­u­larly among older vot­ers with longer ties to the Demo­cratic Party. She has led a more prag­matic cam­paign, fo­cused on build­ing on Obama’s poli­cies.

Af­ter the As­so­ci­ated Press and NBC re­ported on Mon­day night that Clin­ton had clinched the num­ber of del­e­gates needed to win the nom­i­na­tion, a San­ders cam­paign spokesman cas­ti­gated what he said was the me­dia’s “rush to judg­ment.”

Un­der Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee rules, most del­e­gates to the party’s July 25-28 con­ven­tion are awarded by pop­u­lar votes in state-bystate elec­tions, and Clin­ton has a clear lead in those “pledged” del­e­gates.

But the del­e­gate count, where Clin­ton’s sup­port out­num­bers San­ders’ by more than 10 to 1, also in­cludes “su­perdel­e­gates” - party lead­ers and elected sen­a­tors, mem­bers of Congress and gov­er­nors - who in the­ory can change their mind at any time. For that rea­son, the DNC has echoed the San­ders cam­paign, say­ing the su­perdel­e­gates should not be counted un­til they ac­tu­ally vote at the Philadel­phia con­ven­tion.

In prac­tice, su­perdel­e­gates who have an­nounced their in­ten­tion are un­likely to change their mind.

The AP and NBC re­ported that Clin­ton had reached the 2,383 del­e­gates needed to be­come the pre­sump­tive Demo­cratic nom­i­nee with a de­ci­sive week­end vic­tory in Puerto Rico, a US ter­ri­tory, and a burst of last-minute sup­port from su­perdel­e­gates.

“Ac­cord­ing to the news, we are on the brink of a his­toric, his­toric, un­prece­dented mo­ment,” Clin­ton told a rally in Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, shortly af­ter the AP re­port. “But we still have work to do, don’t we? We have six elec­tions to­mor­row and we’re go­ing to fight hard for ev­ery sin­gle vote, es­pe­cially right here in Cal­i­for­nia.”

Michael Briggs, San­ders’ spokesman, dis­missed the AP and NBC tal­lies. “Our job from now un­til the con­ven­tion is to con­vince those su­perdel­e­gates that Bernie is by far the strongest can­di­date against Don­ald Trump,” he said. San­ders’ sup­port­ers have be­come in­creas­ingly re­sis­tant to Clin­ton in re­cent months, with fewer than half say­ing they would vote for her if she be­comes the party’s nom­i­nee, ac­cord­ing to a Reuters/Ip­sos poll in May.

Last month, 41 per cent of San­ders’ sup­port­ers said they would vote for Clin­ton if she runs against Trump in the gen­eral elec­tion. That was down from 50 per cent in April, and 52 per­cent in March. Those who have de­cided not to sup­port Clin­ton are split on what to do if San­ders quits the race. Some may cross party lines and vote for Trump, but many oth­ers ap­pear to be in­ter­ested in a third-party can­di­date.

Some 27 per cent of San­ders’ sup­port­ers said in May that they would vote for nei­ther can­di­date or an­other al­ter­na­tive. The Reuters/Ip­sos poll in­cluded 2,919 San­ders sup­port­ers dur­ing the month of May and has a cred­i­bil­ity in­ter­val, a mea­sure of ac­cu­racy, of 2 per­cent­age points.—Reuters

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