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Hillary Clinton Downplays Delegate Count, Focuses on Tuesday Primaries

Hillary Clinton has reportedly snagged enough delegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination ahead of Tuesday’s round of primary elections in six states, but said she isn’t looking that far ahead yet.

The former secretary of state, who would become the first woman in the 240-year history of the United States to lead the presidential ticket of a major political party, has obtained 1,812 pledged delegates and 572 superdelegates for a total of 2,384 delegates, one more than is needed for the nomination, according to an Associated Press tally.

has obtained 1,812 pledged delegates and 572 superdelegates for a total of 2,384 delegates, one more than is needed for the nomination, according to an Associated Press tally.

For her part, Clinton is downplaying the news, despite having focused her attention on presumed GOP nominee Donald Trump for much of the past several weeks.

“We’re flattered… but we’ve got primaries to win,” she tweeted Monday night after reports of her triumph surfaced. “CA, MT, NM, ND, NJ, SD, vote tomorrow.”

tweeted Monday night after reports of her triumph surfaced. “CA, MT, NM, ND, NJ, SD, vote tomorrow.”

Campaign officials for Sen. Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s rival for the nomination, argue that the timing of the reports is an attempt to dampen voter turnout and sabotage his bid on the eve of several crucial primaries, since misinformed voters would already believe Clinton is the actual nominee — particularly in delegate-rich California, where Sanders is banking on a win Tuesday to keep his campaign viable

Sanders’ campaign manger Michael Briggs said the reports are premature because the figures can change before the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next month, CNN reported.

“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,” Briggs said in a statement Monday. “She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then.”

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