World Bulletin / News Desk
The Associated Press news agency has been criticised for declaring Hillary Clinton the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for the 2016 US presidential election.
According to the AP (Associated Press Poll) survey, Clinton has 1,812 pledged delegates and the support of 571 superdelegates, for 2,383 overall.
Rival Bernie Sanders has 1,521 pledged delegates and 48 superdelegates, totalling 1,569. The AP has been tracking who each superdelegate supports throughout the primary season.
Supporters of Bernie Sanders argue that the timing of the announcement before a crunch primary in California on Tuesday adversely affects their candidate's chances of winning the state.
Many expressed their anger online that AP's count included superdelegates, who are not directly elected during the primaries and are not pledged to vote until the Democratic convention that starts on July 25.