June 7, 2016 - Although Hillary Clinton won several state primaries, the pledged delegate
total still does not meet the 2383 requirement for nomination, and she will not have enough pledged delegates
to gain nomination on the first ballot at the National Convention.
Although Sanders was victorious on Tuesday in the Indiana primary, raising his pledged delegate
count to 1,409, Clinton had 1,699 after Tuesday's vote plus many more of the so-called super delegates, who are party officials free to vote for whomever they chose.
A third type of pledged delegate
is called an "Add-on" delegate, that allows for representation by party leaders and elected officials within the state.
It divides a state's number of 2004 Kerry voters (a rough measure of Democrats per state) by its number of pledged delegates
. The idea is that the fewer Kerry voters per pledged delegate
, the better represented state Democrats are at the convention.
And the consensus was that Hillary Clinton needed a stronger showing on May 6 to change the increasingly insurmountable-looking pledged delegate
math and/or the superdelegates who have been steadily migrating to Obama."
With her win in the (http://ibtimes.com/california-new-jersey-primary-live-updates-hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-closely-2378637) California Democratic primary Tuesday, as well as in three other states, Clinton clinched a lead in the pledged delegate
count and the popular vote to become the party's presumptive nominee.
It's easy to imagine the howls of protest that would rise if the Wisconsin congressman went to Cleveland without a single pledged delegate
and without having won a single primary or caucus vote, then ran the convention in a way that ended with him as the nominee.
Though it's nearly mathematically impossible for him to catch Clinton in the pledged delegate
count, his (http://www.ibtimes.com/can-bernie-sanders-win-california-delegate-count-democrats-shows-vermont-senator-2370651) last shot might be the June 7 primary in California.
Sanders currently trails Hillary Clinton in the pledged delegate
At this point, Clinton holds a 290 pledged delegate
lead over Sanders and still has 522 superdelegates committed to her campaign, compared with 39 superdelegates for Sanders.
In 2016, for example, Clinton got almost 4 million more primary and caucus votes than Sanders, giving her a clear lead in pledged delegates
heading into the Philadelphia convention.
A group called Free the Delegates advocated to the Republican National Convention rules committee to allow pledged delegates
to "cast a vote of conscience" instead of being bound to vote for the candidate they are committed to through the state primaries or caucuses.