Hillary Clinton will become the Democrats' presumptive presidential nominee after the results are in from New Jersey primary contest on Tuesday, the New York Times predicts.
With the front-runner's current 2,310 delegates, Clinton is just 73 short of the 2,383 needed to win the nomination, and will "cover at least half the distance" over the weekend, when Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands hold caucuses worth a combined 79 delegates, the Times' Nate Cohn writes.
She'd vault over the top in the Garden State, where it's expected many of the 142 delegates will be awarded to her, he writes.
Cohn predicts the media will declare her the presumptive nominee even before the polls close in California, "no doubt igniting the fury of some" supporters of rival Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Though superdelegates included in Clinton's total could change their minds – an option Sanders
has been touting – "Clinton has effectively locked up the race for pledged delegates," Cohn writes, leading Sanders by 54 percent to 46 percent.
"Mrs. Clinton's sweep of the South all but precluded a victory for Mr. Sanders," the Times' Nate Cohn writes. "If he couldn't have done better in the 11 states of the former Confederacy … Mr. Sanders basically would have needed to sweep the rest of the country to win the election."
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