Snapshots: Clinton can lose out, capture nomination

New York — Hillary Clinton can lose every remaining primary in the coming weeks and still clinch the nomination.

With Clinton’s double-digit win in New York and more than two dozen new superdelegates joining her camp, rival Bernie Sanders now faces a far steeper path.

Before New York’s contest, Sanders needed to win 68 percent of remaining delegates and uncommitted superdelegates to catch Clinton.

Now to capture the nomination, Sanders must win 73 percent. That means that Clinton can lose all remaining contests and still win.

Based on primaries and caucuses alone, the latest AP delegate count, including New York, shows that Clinton leads by 1,428 to 1,151.

Including superdelegates, the race stands at 1,930 to 1,189, for Clinton. She needs just 27 percent of the remaining delegates and uncommitted superdelegates to reach the magic number, 2,383.

Battle of Trump begins in Florida

As Republican National Committee members convened Wednesday in southern Florida for a three-day confab, they sat just an hour drive from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago mansion. An invitation there is highly unlikely, although the billionaire is sending two of his top strategists and a top surrogate to try to make nice.

Trump and the RNC’s top brass have never been on particularly friendly terms. But in the weeks leading up to his blowout win in New York’s primary, the relationship turned much worse with the Republican presidential front-runner feuding with the party’s leadership over what he’s called a “rigged” national convention. He’s also promised a “rough July,” if changes aren’t made before the summer gathering in Cleveland.

The unusual public spat, which has dovetailed with Trump’s populist campaign message, comes as the party’s leaders meet for the last time before a convention that’s shaping up to be the most volatile and competitive in a generation.

The bad blood could anger the very people who will run the convention where Trump hopes to be nominated, while also potentially demoralizing state party leaders who make up the RNC. They are the tip of a fundraising and grassroots spear Trump would need to wield should he make it to the general election.

In an election year filled with resentment toward the establishment, Trump’s success has been helped by his willingness to criticize party leaders in Washington and elsewhere. Still, the more seasoned campaign veterans that he’s recently hired know that support from the national party would be important in a general-election campaign. This has meant Trump has bounced between trashing the party and trying to make friends.

From Detroit News wire services