US presidential election 2016: Hillary will look to wrap it up on final Super Tuesday

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Washington, June 7: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will make his final attempt to beat Hillary Clinton in the race to clinch the Democrat presidential nomination in the final Super Tuesday (June 7).

Voters in California and five other states will cast ballots in favour of either of the two candidates on the occasion. California offers 475 pledged delegates, more than double the number offered in the other four states of Montana (21), New Jersey (126), New Mexico (34), North Dakota (18) and South Dakota (20).

Of these six states, only North Dakota will have a caucus.

 

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California offers 475 delegates, more than double of the rest

California thus amounts to 12 per cent of the pledged delegates and 20 per cent of the number needed to clinch the nomination, which is 2,383. Clinton now has 1,812 pledged delegates while Sanders has 1,521. However, it is in terms of the super delegates that Clinton (571) has an overwhelming lead over Sanders (48).

In California, 73 superdelegates are at stake.

On Monday, it was reported that Clinton had touched the magic figure of 2,383, including the superdelegates, following an overwhelming victory in the Puerto Rico primary. Sanders's campaign, however, said the judgment was being made in a rash.

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Clinton's campaign is more focusing on California where the former has an edge over her rival by 0.2 points (47.7 to 45.7 per cent), said three recent polls.

Clinton favourite to win New Jersey (126 delegates)

Clinton is also favourite to win New Jersey as two recent polls showed her leading Sanders by over 20 points.

One advantage for Sanders could be the semi-open rules for voters. Registered voters who marked "decline to state" on their forms are permitted to vote alongside Democrats in the primary.

Republican primaries are less interesting since Trump has no active opponent

Republican primaries will also be held on this Super Tuesday although it is of less interest for Donal Trump is the party's pesumptive nominee for president as all his opponents have quit the race.

 

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Timings of Super Tuesday primaries/caucus of June 7:

  • California: 7.30 pm (June 7) to 8.30 am (June 8) IST
  • New Jersey: 3.30 pm (June 7) to 5.30 am (June 8) IST
  • North Dakota: 6.30 pm (June 7) to 6.30 am (June 8) IST
  • Montana: 6.30 pm (June 7) to 7.30 am (June 8) IST
  • New Mexico: 6.30 pm (June 7) to 6.30 am (June 8) IST
  • South Dakota: 6.30 pm (June 7) to 6.30 am (June 8) IST

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