AP Does It Again

AP News is all about jumping the gun today. First they broke with a story that Hillary would concede tonight (see below), and that was wrong. Now they are claiming that by their tally, “Obama effectively clinches nomination.”

The AP tally was based on public commitments from delegates as well as more than a dozen private commitments. It also included a minimum number of delegates Obama was guaranteed even if he lost the final two primaries in South Dakota and Montana later in the day.

Private commitments? Just who are these private committers??? Politico notes on the AP story:

Not to be a stickler here, but that’s not how this has been working, either in our count or in in the Obama campaign’s. The commitments that matter are the ones that are public. So the story is trivial… 

We’ve got voters voting in the last of the primaries today, primaries that actually count for the time in a very long time, and AP News seems determined to call this race before the voters have had their say. It’s tantamount to releasing east coast exit polls when the west coast hasn’t finished voting in a general election.

We all get that Obama for all intents and purposes has sewn this thing up. But even his camp isn’t ready to call it:

Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), all but certain of claiming the Democratic nomination Tuesday night, is telling his surrogates not to make that assertion just yet, according to an internal campaign memo.

The memo, obtained by The Hill, contains suggested talking points on a number of issues, but even though Obama will likely hit the magic number of delegates needed to claim the nomination, his campaign is telling his supporters that the senator will not claim victory in his speech in Minnesota.

With all this hype and hyperbole from the media and the blogopshere over the past couple of days, it’s no small wonder why the RNC released a memo today saying: “Dems In Chaos.”

Stay tuned… As the final primary day drama continues to spin and unravel before your very eyes.

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