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AP count: Hillary Clinton has delegates to win Democratic nomination

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Striding into history, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party, capturing commitments Monday from the number of delegates needed to become the Democrats’ presumptive nominee. The victory arrived nearly eight years to the day after she conceded her first White House campaign to Barack Obama. Back then, she famously noted her inability to “shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling.” Campaigning this time as the loyal successor to the nation’s first black president,…

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What goes into being a convention delegate? For starters, some travel expenses

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This wild 2016 campaign season, we’ve heard a lot about delegates. Pledged delegates. Superdelegates. “Unbound” delegates. Delegate math. Delegate count. The delegate tracker! The nation (er, actually just political junkies in this great land of ours) is tracking delegates the way people living in prefab housing in Oklahoma stay glued to the local news when a twister comes roaring through their subdivision. But just who are these mythical delegates? They can be elected officials, party bigwigs, campaign organizers, and even…

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Why Bernie Sanders keeps winning but may not be Democratic nominee

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The standard line in Bernie Sanders‘ campaign speeches goes like this: “Despite what the corporate media is telling you, there is a path to the nomination.” If such a track exists, it’s far from clear what it is. Sanders is far behind Hillary Clinton in the race for delegates that will decide the nomination. He’ll need 68 percent of those remaining to win. Even after his recent run of success, Sanders is nowhere near that pace. And it’s not the…

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Party insiders give Hillary Clinton early, commanding delegate edge

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Hillary Rodham Clinton has locked up public support from half of the Democratic insiders who cast ballots at the party’s national convention, giving her a commanding advantage over her rivals for the party’s presidential nomination. Clinton’s margin over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is striking. Not only is it big, but it comes more than two months before primary voters head to the polls — an early point in the race for so many of…

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