The Associated Press says Hillary Clinton has secured enough delegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination — and the candidate immediately turned to social media to say, "Slow your roll!"
The news organization reported that the former Secretary of State, senator from New York and First Lady had reached the 2,383 delegates needed to secure the party's nomination, thanks to her primary victory in Puerto Rico and a last-minute surge of support among superdelegates.
The Clinton campaign didn't want to rush to victory, firing off messages on social media saying, effectively, "Hold on a minute!"
Six states — including California — vote on Tuesday.
We’re flattered, @AP, but we've got primaries to win. CA, MT, NM, ND, NJ, SD, vote tomorrow! https://t.co/8t3GpZqc1U— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 7, 2016
Statement from @HFA manager Robby Mook on @AP projecting @HillaryClinton as Democratic nominee pic.twitter.com/lsQsvwBGsi— Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin) June 7, 2016
Bernie Sanders' campaign similarly issued a statement saying, hey, not so fast.
“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer," said Sanders campaign spokesman Michael Briggs.
Briggs noted that Clinton's victory is dependent upon superdelegates, who don't vote until July 25. They could change their minds between now and then, he noted.
“Our job from now until the convention is to convince those superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump,” Briggs said.
That hardly sounds like a concession speech.
However, the Clinton campaign fundraising gang sprang into action, firing off an email to supporters declaring, "So, this just happened." Naturally, it included an appeal for donations, noting, "Before the next set of states votes tomorrow chip in to show Hillary that you have her back."
Meanwhile, social media became an echo chamber for the dueling factions within the Democratic party, with Clinton backers celebrating as Sanders supporters cried foul.
@politicususa #Hillary is 575 ELECTED delegates short. AND pic.twitter.com/uXM8zeNCiE— jackthehun (@JenD1974) June 7, 2016
Irony alert!!! Since #Hillary will lead in pledged delegates, SenatorSanders wants super-delegates to overturn voters &give him the win #CNN— Hilary Rosen (@hilaryr) June 5, 2016
David Talbot, founder and former editor in chief of Salon.com, turned to Facebook to denounce the role of "corporate media" in contributing to the long, less-than-storied history of "sabotaging" California presidential primaries. Talbot said that AP's declaration that Clinton had already secured the nomination ahead of Tuesday's vote signals to voters: "show's over, nothing for you here, folks, go home."
"But Bernie supporters will not stay home tomorrow," Talbot wrote. "We're exercising our democratic rights. The only way that the Democratic nominee can win in November is if the progressive Bernie base feels our issues are being incorporated into the campaign ... and the sleazy timing of this "Hillary wins" announcement does not bode well for the party's future."
Some in Silicon Valley nonetheless marked the significance of the occasion, which elevates Clinton as the first woman to lead a major party in the bid for the White House.
"This is a historic moment, but there is still a lot of work to do," said Katie Jacobs Stanton, Twitter's former vice president of global media, responding to Recode's request for comment. "Looking forward to tomorrow's primaries and voting for Hillary Clinton. #ImWithHer"
Stanton added a note of animated exuberance:
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.