Clinton Says She Is Close To Winning Nomination
Senior officials in the Hillary Clinton campaign claimed Friday that she has already secured one-fifth of the pledges needed to win the Democratic nomination.
The campaign says that Clinton currently has about 130 super-delegates publicly backing her, but a person familiar with recent conversations in Minneapolis said that officials are telling supporters and the undecided in the last few days that private commitments increase that number to more than 440 — about 20-percent of the number of delegates she would need to secure the nomination.
The 300-or-so gap between Clinton’s public and private super-delegate commitments derives mostly from state party officials who have yet to reveal their backing of the front-runner, but have privately pledged to cast their convention votes for the former first lady, according to the person familiar with the campaign’s tally.
Under party rules, super-delegates are among those who cast votes for the nomination. They come from current and former elected officials, committee officeholders, and other party dignitaries.
Delegates are selected by rank-and-file voters in primaries and caucuses beginning next February.
Super-delegates are free to change their allegiance at any time between now and next summer’s convention.
In total, there are 713 super-delegates, and 4491 delegates. 2246 are needed to win the nomination.
Clinton’s support from the core of the establishment represented by these super-delegates is arguably the most tangible evidence of the difficulty Vice President Joe Biden, who is rumored to be mulling a presidential run, would have overtaking her with a late-starting campaign.