Crouching candidates, counting delegates

June 7, 2016

It’s primar(ies) day!

And as voters in six states headed for the polling booths, the politicking took some odd twists and turns.

For Donald Trump, who already has enough delegates to win the Republican nomination, the dominant issue remained his claim that he was receiving unfair treatment from an Hispanic judge.

For Democrat Hillary Clinton, the big question was whether she’d won the 2,383 delegates needed to secure her own party’s nomination ahead of today’s results. Some said yes. Some said no. Some cited the flexibility of “superdelegates.” Others worried that a premature declaration of victory would discourage turnout among her supporters in California, where polls show she is in a dead heat with  rival Bernie Sanders.

For her part, Clinton tweeted only an oblique reference to having clinched the nomination, making  no mention it when she appeared onstage at a fundraising concert in Los Angeles Monday night,

“If you haven’t voted, I hope you will vote tomorrow,” she told the crowd of 5000 at the city’s historic Greek Theater.

“We’re going to come out of the primary even stronger to take on Donald Trump.”

Additional reporting by James Oliphant


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