Is Hillary Clinton actually the Democrat Party nominee?

The Associated Press called the race in her favor the day before the final primaries.

And on primary night, every network was declaring her the Democrat nominee for President. But did she actually win?

Did the media affect the voting in the final primaries by preemptively calling the race for Clinton?

The Associated Press declared Hillary the nominee after including the tally of Super Delegates who went on the record in support of either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

Going into the final primaries, Hillary had won 1,818 pledged delegates, which left her just over 500 short of the nomination.

But her total was inflated by the support of 571 Super Delegates.

However, since Super Delegates are unbound, those 571 delegates can change their mind at any point before the Democrat convention.

It’s only at the convention that Super Delegates cast their ballot and make their official vote.

So the liberal media was counting theoretical delegates when they announced Hillary as victor.

And the Sanders campaign was outraged.

Politico reports:

“It was one of the most appalling things I’ve seen in a long time,” senior campaign adviser Mark Longabaugh said of the AP call, noting that the organization had taken weeks to count Sanders’ delegates from Washington state earlier this year, a saga that roiled the Sanders team, but somehow managed to chase down enough undeclared superdelegates to declare Clinton the primary winner on the eve of the campaign’s last big primary day. “Yet here they are haranguing and badgering super delegates before the final votes were cast. On top of the fact that they’re awarding delegates in Puerto Rico when the counting isn’t even finished in Puerto Rico…

…It’s scandalous. It’s absolutely scandalous and it really feeds into what Sanders supporters believe, and quite frankly probably some people on the right who are sick and tired of the establishment that feeds right into it, that this whole thing was rigged right from the beginning,” said prominent Sanders surrogate Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator. “The nominee for Democrats is not called. She does not have the absolute number. The number is set up by the Democratic party. She does not have that number and will not have that number without superdelegates and because superdelegates can not vote until the Wednesday of the convention neither her nor the senator will have it. And what it does it is it gets into the heads of people who are yet to vote.”

Were the votes in the final primaries compromised by the Associated Press’s call for Clinton?

Some Sanders supporters may have believed the race was over and not turn out to vote.

In the Democrat primary, delegates are awarded on a proportional basis based on the percentage of the vote a candidate receives, and if a significant number of Sanders supporters stayed home, it would cost him delegates.

There is some evidence, that, by calling the nomination for Hillary, it either discouraged Sanders voters or caused some to jump to Hillary because they wanted to back the winner.

Heading into the California primary, the Real Clear Politics polling averages showed Hillary narrowly leading Bernie Sanders 47.7% to 45.7%.

But after 86% of the vote was counted, Clinton was leading Sanders by a large 56% to 43% margin.

In South Dakota however, Hillary slipped past Bernie Sanders by less than 1,200 votes.

South Dakota was a semi-open primary which favored Sanders throughout his campaign.

South Dakota was also considered a geographic stronghold for Sanders since he had won neighboring states like Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Wyoming.

The state should have favored Sanders, but given Hillary’s slim margin of victory, it is not hard to see that, ultimately, the Associated Press’s call influenced the outcome.

During Trump’s campaign, he made it a centerpiece of his stump speeches to point out how the system in both parties is rigged.

The result of the media pressing their thumb down on the scale by declaring Hillary the winner – despite not winning enough pledged delegates – provides ample evidence that the establishment desired this particular outcome of the Democrat primary all along.