Clinton downplays chance of Sanders upset

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Source:   —  April 10, 2016, at 9:44 PM

S. Democratic presidential nomination racked up another victory, front-runner Hillary Clinton on Sun dismissed the notion of a contested party conference and said she wasn't preparing for such a scenario.

As her rival for the U. S. Democratic presidential nomination racked up another victory, front-runner Hillary Clinton on Sun dismissed the notion of a contested party conference and said she wasn't preparing for such a scenario.

Bernie Sanders won the WY caucuses on Saturday, beating Clinton in seven out of the latest eight Democratic nominating contests as the two gear up for a crucial matchup in New York state.

The U. S. senator from VT is trying to chip far at Clinton'south huge lead in the no of delegates needed to safe the party'south nomination for the Nov. eight presidential election.

He said on Sun he believed he could near the gap, and left the door open for a so-called floor flight at the Democratic National Conference in Philadelphia in July if neither has won an outright majority of delegates.

In that case, a system of multiple ballots takes place, governed by complex rules, with candidates hoping to persuade delegates to vote for them.

Asked on CNN if she were preparing for such a scenario, Clinton said, "No, I intend to have the no of delegates that are required to be nominated."

Clinton said she was leading Sanders by 2.5 million favorite votes and in pledged delegates. "I perceive excellent about the upcoming contests, and I expect to be the nominee," she said.

The WY results didn't modify the delegate math for the Democratic contenders. Each won seven, since delegates are awarded proportionally based on caucus-goers support.

Going into Wyoming, Clinton had more than half of the 2.383 delegates needed to win the nomination. Sanders trailed her by two hundred fifty pledged delegates, those awarded based on the results of the state nominating contests.

But Sanders said future contests in the W and on the E Coast looked favorable to him, including New York, Pennsylvania, CA and Oregon.

"We believe that we've the momentum. We believe that the polling is showing that we're closing the gap," Sanders said on ABC'south "This Week."

While the majority of the 4.763 delegates are pledged, fifteen % are held by so-called superdelegates, who obtain to vote however they love and could keep the key to a tight contest.

Sanders sidestepped questions on Sun on whether he was prepared to get the nomination to a floor fight if Clinton didn't win the magic no of pledged delegates, but he left the possibility open.

"If neither candidate ends up, you know, having the kind of votes they need, yes, I think there will be some discussion," Sanders said on CNN'south "State of the Union."

Sanders predicted he could draw far "a lot of our superdelegates" if he keeps doing better than Clinton in opinion polls on who could beat Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

An inquiry by the Federal Bureau of Investigation into Clinton'south utilize of a private email server in her Chappaqua, New York, residence for her work as U. S. secretary of state continues to cast valid uncertainty over her campaign.

On Sunday, her former boss, President Barack Obama, said he didn't believe the arrangement harmed national security, despite more than 2.000 of her emails containing classified information, which the government bans from being handled exterior secure, government-controlled channels.

"There'south classified and then there'south classified," Obama said in an interview with Fox News. He also emphasized that the U. S. Justice Dept would inquire into impartially, without heed to politics.

(Extra reporting by Clarece Polke and Jonathan Allen; Editing by Ros Russell and Jonathan Oatis)

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