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STATE OF THE PRIMARY - June 9, 2016 (Final Edition)

Delegate Count

Pledged Delegates: Clinton 2,178, Sanders 1,810 (Clinton +368).
Total Delegates: Clinton 2,752, Sanders 1,858 (Clinton +894).
2,382 delegates to secure nomination.
2,026 pledged delegates to secure the majority.
Clinton needs 0 pledged delegates, 0.0% of remaining.
Sanders needs 216 pledged delegates, 342.9% of remaining.

Latest Results: June 6

CA, MT, NJ, NM, ND, SD : Clinton 367, Sanders 284 (Clinton +83); 43 not yet allocated.

Next Primary: June 13

DC: 20 delegates. (Final contest of 2016.)

It's over.

There are 63 pledged delegates still left to be allocated, and even if Sanders claims them all, Hillary will have beaten him by over 300 delegates. She clinched the pledged delegate majority eight years to the day after conceding to Barack Obama in the 2008 primary.

There will be no nationwide recount. There will be no massive flipping of superdelegates. There will be no visit from the indictment fairy. Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee, and in a matter of weeks she will be the first woman Presidential candidate from a major party in American history.

So that's it, that's how the Democratic primary went down. There's a lot more legwork to do; there's the floor vote in late July, and of course we're still waiting on Sanders's concession (which, I'm guessing from how the guy's been acting these last weeks, we may not see until November). But the legwork is all that's left.

There's also the Republican contest, which in the end came down to an unhinged son of a fire-and-brimstone pastor, and an even more unhinged reality show host with multiple marriages and bankruptcies. Knowing the crazy-driven GOP of 2016, it should surprise no one that reality show host won. We still have to defeat him in November, and we should take nothing for granted. But I have the feeling that, in the end, this will also come down to just legwork.

I believe, as firmly as I've held any political belief, that our newborn daughters will never know a world without a Madame President.

About time, too.

How This Works
Unless otherwise indicated, all information is taken from FiveThirtyEight except the superdelegate count, which is taken from Associated Press. Superdelegates have declared their intention to vote for one of the candidates, but may change their mind before the convention. The target numbers indicate how many delegates each candidate would have to earn, or to have, in order to be on track to tie for the nomination. Adjusted targets further indicate how many delegates are needed to make up the deficit, if any, left by previous contests.

Pun Of The Day
I hope you've enjoyed these puns. In fact, I enjoyed telling them so much that I took the best of them and entered a pun-telling contest! I told ten puns to a panel of judges, and was scored based on how many of the ten puns made them laugh.

Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.
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