DNC avoids calling Clinton presumptive nominee
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The Democratic National Committee has not labeled Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College Federal workers stuck it out with Trump — now, we're ready to get back to work Biden soars as leader of the free world MORE as the party's presumptive nominee despite recognition from the president, a state party and the media that she has amassed enough delegates to secure the presidential nomination. 
 
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman SchultzDeborah (Debbie) Wasserman SchultzOn The Money: Democrats accuse Mnuchin of sabotaging economy in dispute with Fed | Trump administration proposal takes aim at bank pledges to avoid fossil fuel financing | JPMorgan: Economy will shrink in first quarter due to COVID-19 spike OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats push Biden to pick Haaland as next Interior secretary | Trump administration proposal takes aim at bank pledges to avoid fossil fuel financing | Wasserman Schultz pitches climate plan in race to chair Appropriations Wasserman Schultz pitches climate plan in race to chair Appropriations MORE, who has had to walk a fine line as Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Clyburn: Biden falling short on naming Black figures to top posts Prepare for buyers' remorse when Biden/Harris nationalize health care MORE' campaign has called for her head, released a statement Tuesday night that didn't address either candidate by name. The statement instead played up the "values and priorities" of the Democratic primary while bashing Republicans over Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpVenezuela judge orders prison time for 6 American oil executives Trump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE's divisiveness and touting the party's ground game. 
 
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That statement stands in direct contrast to signals from across the landscape that have effectively pronounced Clinton victorious. 
 
The Associated Press projected on Monday night that the former first lady had surpassed the delegate threshold to lock up the nomination, and NBC News projected on Tuesdasy that she would also win the majority of pledged delegates from primary results. 
 
The AP call drew the ire of the Sanders campaign because it relied on party superdelegates, who could change their mind at any point before the July Democratic National Convention. He's promised to aggressively court those superdelegates to convince them to change their mind over the next few weeks. 
 
But the pronouncements haven't just come from the news media — they've come from Democrats too. 
 
Clinton held a victory rally in which she celebrated the fact that for the first time in U.S. history, a woman is the presidential nominee of a major party.
 
President Obama called Clinton and "congratulated Secretary Clinton for securing the delegates necessary to clinch the Democratic Nomination for President," according to a White House statement released just before midnight. 
  
And the Washington Democratic Party called on Democrats to unite around Clinton in a Tuesday night in a Twitter statement, jumping out ahead of the national party. 
One reason the DNC may be hesitant to declare Clinton the winner: superdelegates. Some say that those party leaders should not be included in any count ahead of the convention, because their votes are not set in stone. Since Clinton won't hit the 2,383 total delegate threshold before the convention without superdelegate support, the party may be taking the cautious approach.
 
But the hesitancy underscores the line the party must walk as the primary season heads to a close. Sanders has given no clear indication that he plans to drop out, with his campaign floating the possibility of fighting until the convention. 
 
Sanders's next steps will have a significant impact on the party's push for unity, a fact that Clinton directly addressed as she called for his supporters to join her during her victory speech. 
 
In his late-night speech, Sanders made clear he would continue to fight for votes in next week's Washington, D.C., primary and for superdelegates, but his only mention of Clinton was that he spoke to her by phone on Tuesday night.
 
The senator gave some indication that in addition to continuing his longshot fight for the nomination, he wanted to influence the party's platform, noting that after next week's primary, "we take our fight for social, economic, racial and environmental justice to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."