U.S. ELECTION WRAP: All Eyes Will Be on Sanders Tomorrow in D.C.

Democratic Delegate Dance: What’s Sanders’ Next Move?

The delicate Democratic dance aimed at partnering Bernie Sanders with Hillary Clinton—or, at least, keeping him from tripping her up—will be in full swing in Washington tomorrow.

With “What Will Bernie Do?” looming as the presidential campaign’s most pressing question, the Vermont senator will meet privately with President Obama late tomorrow morning at the White House—a session the Vermont senator requested, according to Politico, before his unexpectedly lopsided loss to Clinton in yesterday’s California primary.

  • Sanders also will confab with Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid, a session likely to be edgier than the White House get-together
  • Bloomberg’s Steve Dennis reports that top Senate Democrats, including from Minority Whip Dick Durbin, are making clear that Sanders needs to join the Clinton cause
  • That would also serve Sanders’ cause, his colleagues are stressing, by helping Democrats take back the Senate and put him in line to chair a key committee, where he could pursue his push for a “political revolution”

Pressure on Sanders is also coming from the one senator who publicly backed him—Democrat Jeff Merkley of Oregon

Continuing to cut Sanders a bit of slack is Vice President Joe Biden, who twice saw his own White House bids falter

  • ‘‘We should be a little graceful and give him the opportunity to decide on his own’’ when to end his candidacy, Biden told reporters today, CNN reported

Sanders, seeking a final win in the District of Columbia Democratic contest that officially ends the primary season, will rally with his troops outside of the city’s RFK Stadium at 4pm Thursday. His remarks—and tone toward Clinton—will be more minutely parsed than ever.

 

TRUMP EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump says in an exclusive Bloomberg Politics interview there’s ‘‘no reason” for him to raise raise $1 billion for his bid thanks to the free publicity he already gets.

Other highlights:

  • Says he won’t pick a running mate from Wall Street; has “four or five” prospects from the political world, two with military backgrounds
  • Says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has told him to be more scripted
  • Says new NATO terrorism post is “all because of me”
  • Says “we’ll see what happens” on gay marriage when Supreme Court makeup changes
  • Says top aides Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort “get along great,” contrary to reports of infighting
  • Says he assumed press was on conference call on which he ordered surrogates to amplify his criticism of federal judge Gonzalo Curiel and of journalists
  • Says voters don’t care about Trump University cases judge is overseeing

 

DELEGATES

Nevermind rhetoric—the math alone on a hypothetical Sanders superdelegate comeback is daunting

  • Clinton leads Sanders by about 900 delegates, with 136 left to be allocated, according to Associated Press tracking
  • Of those, only 20 pledged delegates will be assigned in D.C.’s June 14 primary
  • Only way Sanders wins is to flip hundreds of superdelegates already publicly on record as committed to Clinton; so far his campaign hasn’t flipped any
  • Count as it stands today: Clinton 2,765, Sanders 1,864; 2,383 needed to win

Remember when? It was just late March when Trump aides were openly mocked over internal projections—seen by many at the time as a very optimistic number—that he would wind up with around 1,450 delegates

  • He ends the primary season with 1,536 delegates

 

TUESDAY’S SCOREBOARD

Clinton ended up with easy wins in the California and New Jersey primaries and narrow victories in New Mexico and South Dakota, while Sanders won Montana’s primary and dominated the North Dakota caucuses

California results were the surprise—AP’s final tally gives Clinton 55.8% to Sanders’ 43.2%, a much bigger win than polls had indicated

Clinton dominated, as expected, in Southern California, while more than holding her own in the Bay Area, where Sanders figured to do better

 

ENDORSEMENTS

The Hill reports that House Speaker Paul Ryan, highly critical of Trump’s attacks on the judge in the Trump U. cases, reaffirmed to his GOP colleagues his support for the businessman at a behind-closed-doors meeting today in the Capitol

Conservative columnist George Will laments “the big price” for Ryan in backing Trump

 

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

Trump to meet with top Republican fundraisers in New York tomorrow, Washington Post reports

  • Invited: N.Y. Jets owner Woody Johnson, Diane Hendricks, Ray Washburne, Ron Weiser; RNC Chair Reince Priebus also to attend, Post reports
  • Trump plans “series of one-on-one meetings with major donors” in NYC, Boston next week: Post

 

ETC.

The Weekly Standard’s Jay Cost hasn’t given up; writes open letter encouraging Mitt Romney to reconsider and run for president

Va. Sen. Tim Kaine says he doubts Clinton would pick him for VP: the Hill

Rep. Elijah Cummings at DNC platform committee meeting says he will have “very open and transparent process”

Conservative columnist Cal Thomas asks Trump a form of the question Jesus asked the apostle Peter in the Bible: ‘Who do you say Jesus is?’

  • Trump: “Jesus to me is somebody I can think about for security and confidence. Somebody I can revere in terms of bravery and in terms of courage and, because I consider the Christian religion so important, somebody I can totally rely on in my own mind”

Two mosques in Scotland invite Trump to visit during his trip to country later this month: AFP

 

CONGRESSIONAL RACES

HOUSE: National Republican Congressional Committee created “Win in 2016” joint fundraising entity, according to FEC filing

  • Group will raise funds for House GOP campaign arm, as well as Republican state party groups in Ariz., Calif., Ill., Mich., N.Y.

AK-SEN: Sen. Dan Sullivan eschews backing a former Anchorage mayor who shares his name and is running against the state’s other senator in GOP primary: Alaska Dispatch News

DailyKos Elections: “Dan Sullivan endorsed Sen. Lisa Murkowski over Dan Sullivan”

CA-17: Democrat Ro Khanna “holds a much stronger hand” in Nov. rematch with Democratic Rep. Mike Honda than he did in 2014, San Francisco Chronicle reported

  • Khanna, a technology lawyer, led Honda 38.3%-38.1% in yesterday’s so-called blanket primary, under which top two vote-getters advance to general election, regardless of party affiliation
  • In 2014, Honda led Khanna 48%-28% in primary, then won general election 52%-48%

FL-04: Republican Hans Tanzler III aired "Rawhide"-style TV ad in which candidate rides horse on ranch, says President Obama needs to “get out of our town”

  • Ad begins with image of “WANTED” poster picturing Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid
  • Tanzler, son of a former Jacksonville mayor, seeking seat of retiring GOP Rep. Ander Crenshaw

IA-01: Democrat Pat Murphy endorsed Democrat Monica Vernon after Vernon won yesterday’s primary 67%-33%, Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reported

  • Vernon, who lost to Murphy in 2014 primary, opposing GOP Rep. Rod Blum in northeastern Iowa district that voted 56%-43% for Obama in 2012 election; Blum beat Murphy 51%-49% in 2014
  • Iowa has never elected a woman to U.S. House; Republican Joni Ernst in 2014 elected as state’s first female senator

MI-10: Republican Paul Mitchell’s campaign aired TV ad describing retired businessman as “hard-charging” and “Michigan tough

  • Mitchell seeks to replace GOP Rep. Candice Miller, who is running for Macomb County public works commissioner in lieu of re-election
  • Mitchell ran in MI-04 in 2014, was runner-up in GOP primary to John Moolenaar

NJ-05: Democrat Josh Gottheimer said GOP Rep. Scott Garrett ‘‘isn’t doing enough’’ to protect district residents from Zika virus, an ‘‘accusation Garrett strongly denies,’’ Ridgewood-Glen Rock Patch reported

  • Garrett, seeking eighth term, easily won primary yesterday and will face Gottheimer in mildly Republican-leaning district that takes in most of Bergen County near NYC

OK-02: GOP Rep. Markwayne Mullin aired TV ad that said he believes in ‘‘peace through strength’’ and that Obama ‘‘looks the other way’’ as terrorists target Israel and U.S.

  • Mullin opposed in June 28 primary by Jarrin Jackson, Army veteran who served in Afghanistan
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