The Democratic National Committee has not labeled Hillary Clinton as the party’s presumptive nominee despite recognition from the president, a state party and the media that she has amassed enough delegates to secure the presidential nomination.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has had to walk a fine line as Bernie Sanders‘ campaign has called for her head, released a statement Tuesday night that didn’t address either candidate by name. The statement instead played up the “values and priorities” of the Democratic primary while bashing Republicans over Donald Trump‘s divisiveness and touting the party’s ground game.
That statement stands in direct contrast to signals from across the landscape that have effectively pronounced Clinton victorious.
The Associated Press projected on Monday night that the former first lady had surpassed the delegate threshold to lock up the nomination, and NBC News projected on Tuesdasy that she would also win the majority of pledged delegates from primary results.
The AP call drew the ire of the Sanders campaign because it relied on party superdelegates, who could change their mind at any point before the July Democratic National Convention. He’s promised to aggressively court those superdelegates to convince them to change their mind over the next few weeks.