DNC superdelegate Zack Hawkins endorses Hillary Clinton: “I’m with her”

Hillary Clinton can add one more delegate to her haul, putting her that much closer to her inevitable clinching of the 2016 Democratic Party nomination. Zack Hawkins, the 1st Vice Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party, confirmed last night that he’ll be casting his superdelegate vote for Clinton. He was asked “Can we get an affirmative HRC pledge from you today,” and his response was “You can. I’m with her.” So where does this leave Hillary when it comes to delegate math?

Delegate counts are estimated, and different news outlets report slightly different totals. CNN reported that Hillary Clinton started the day with a total of 2297 delegates, meaning she needed another 86 delegates in order to clinch the nomination. The confirmation of the Zack Hawkins superdelegate endorsement means that she now needs just 85 delegates to clinch.

She’ll pick up perhaps four delegates in the Virgin Islands on June 4th, and current polling suggests she’ll pick up 38 delegates in Puerto Rico on June 5th. So if she gains the endorsement of another 43 superdelegates between now and then, her expected win in Puerto Rico could put her over the top. Failing that, she’ll pick up enough proportional pledged delegates from New Jersey on June 7th (win or lose) to clinch the nomination before the polls close in California later that night.

There is still the specious argument being made that the superdelegates could change their mind and hand the nomination to Bernie Sanders instead. But with Hillary Clinton leading the popular vote by more than three million votes nationwide, there is no chance whatsoever that the superdelegates would violate the will of the people when Clinton a fourteen percent lead in popular voting. Meanwhile the addition of Zack Hawkins to the Clinton delegate haul means there are now 165 democratic superdelegates who have yet to commit to a candidate. If you enjoy Daily News Bin, consider making a contribution:

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  1. Ruth on May 21, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Sorry but what is with these undeclared super delegates if they don’t know by now then there is a problem with their judgment.

    • Khal Draugr on May 22, 2016 at 8:29 am

      They know. They’re probably waiting until she gets 2026 pledged delegates before they declare.

      I suspect if Clinton wanted to wrap this up today, she could, but she wants to win a majority of the pledged delegates first.

      • Curry Eckelhoff on May 22, 2016 at 12:34 pm

        But some Super Delegates are back-tracking. My Representative here in CA just took his endorsement back until he sees what the people want and he can “yield to the will of the people”. Bernie’s supporters are going to their Representatives offices and “reminding” them that their seat is up in November too and maybe they should wait and see who deserves their Super Delegate vote. The Bernie’s are a force to be reckoned with, for sure.

        • JayJay on May 22, 2016 at 5:19 pm

          So, in other words, Bernie’s supporters are coercing them to support him?

        • Jim on May 22, 2016 at 8:46 pm

          Yes, I heard about that ONE example.

        • Grace on June 2, 2016 at 3:11 pm

          What superdelegate? I am in CA

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