NBC: Clinton wins majority of pledged delegates
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Van Jones: A 'white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter' can pose a greater threat to black Americans than the KKK Taylor Swift slams Trump tweet: 'You have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?' MORE will secure the majority of pledged delegates, NBC News projected, as her grip on the Democratic presidential nomination continues to tighten.  

NBC made the projection as the polls closed in California late Tuesday night — the Golden State allocates 475 delegates proportionally, so regardless of the results in the state, she'll win a significant portion of those delegates, which will push her past the number of delegates needed to clinch the presidential nomination. 
  
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Clinton had already wrapped up the majority of total delegates — including superdelegates — coming into Tuesday night. But surpassing that majority of pledged delegates, those allocated through the primary votes, is a major step for Clinton. It bolsters her pitch to presidential rival Bernie SandersBernie SandersExpanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support The battle of two Cubas Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Ro Khanna MORE and his supporters that they should rally behind her and unify the Democratic Party. 
 
 
But Sanders has pushed back against that characterization. He and his campaign have argued that Clinton shouldn't be considered the victor because Sanders can still presumably flip superdelegates to his side and score an underdog victory. But that would require an almost impossible task of convincing hundreds of party leaders to flee Clinton despite her success in the primary process.