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Reports: Hillary Clinton projected winner of Democratic Party nomination

By Shawn Price
Reports: Hillary Clinton projected winner of Democratic Party nomination
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, pictured Friday at the West Los Angeles College in Culver City, Calif., has been projected to win the Democratic Party nomination Monday night by CNN and NBC. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, June 6 (UPI) -- According to early counts by CNN and NBC on Monday night, Hillary Clinton has been projected to have enough delegates and superdelegates needed to win the Democratic Party nomination for president.

The announcement came a day before the final six primaries are due to take place in the states of New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, New Mexico and especially California, with the most delegates in the country.

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The two networks are estimating Clinton reached the 2,383 threshold by adding the 36 delegates Clinton picked up in Sunday's victory in Puerto Rico to her current delegate count and her expected number of superdelegates.

By NBC's count, Clinton now has 1,812 pledged delegates and 572 superdelegates, while Sanders has 1520 pledged and 46 superdelegates.

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CNN projects the same figures, saying Clinton will become the first woman in U.S. history become the presidential nominee of a major political party.

The Bernie Sanders campaign declared the announcement "a rush to judgement."

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The Clinton campaign downplayed any early projections, trying not to discourage voter turnout in the six states.

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