The Associated Press may have declared Hillary Clinton the Democratic nominee, but Bernie Sanders is still picking up superdelegates.
Democratic National Committeewoman Pat Cotham, a North Carolina superdelegate, said Monday evening she would support Sanders. The endorsement came on the eve of contests in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota.
“Yeah,” said Cotham, “it’s been coming on me the last few weeks really.”
Cotham’s backing came less than an hour before the AP reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had passed the 2,383 delegate threshold needed to clinch the Democratic nomination.
Cotham, a Mecklenburg County commissioner, said she decided to back Sanders in recent weeks because she believed he would be a better opponent against Donald Trump in the general election.
“He can beat Trump and we cannot have Donald Trump,” Cotham said in an interview. “The polls show that [Bernie] has a better chance of beating him than Secretary Clinton does. That’s just how I came to it.”
In July 2015 Hans Goff, then the Clinton campaign’s southern region political director, emailed Cotham about getting her support as a superdelegate. Goff relayed a pledge form to Cotham to sign. A week later, she emailed back saying she did not want to sign the pledge.
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