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Published 06/06/2016

Democratic presidential candidate US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a press conference on health care on May 31, 2016 in Emeryville, California. Bernie Sanders is campaigning in Northern California ahead of the State's presidential primary on June 7th. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during a press conference on health care on May 31, 2016 in Emeryville, California. Bernie Sanders is campaigning in Northern California ahead of the State's presidential primary on June 7th. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, gestures towards Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at the start of a break during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Thursday, April 14, 2016 in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders waves as he arrives on stage for the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on April 14, 2016, in New York. AFP/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign event, Monday, April 4, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., waves to the crowd with his wife, Jane Sanders, by his side during a campaign rally Tuesday evening in the Arts and Sciences Auditorium at the University of Wyoming campus on April 5, 2016, in Laramie, Wyo. Sanders won the Democratic presidential primary in Wisconsin Tuesday. (Blaine McCartney/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during an event named as a "victory rally for $15 minimum wage and paid family leave" at the Javitz Center in New York on April 4,2016. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both support an increase, differing only on the scale and timing of such a move. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCURKENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images
Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at an overflow of a rally at St. Mary's Park in the Bronx borough of New York City on March 3, 2016. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
Supporters of US democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrive to attend a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in the Bronx, New York,on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A supporter of US democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrives to attend a rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York,on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally at St. Mary's Park in the Bronx borough March 31, 2016 in New York City. Sanders and opponent Hillary Clinton are campaigning ahead of the April 5 primary in New York. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
A supporter of US democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders displays a placard during a rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York,on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Attendees wait in line prior to a rally for Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders at St. Mary's Park on March 31, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
US actress Rosario Dawson greets Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's supporters during a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York, on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York,on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York,on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
US actress Rosario Dawson greets Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's supporters during a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York,on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
US actress Rosario Dawson greets Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's supporters during a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York, on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
US actress Rosario Dawson greets Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's supporters during a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York, on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally at St. Mary's Park, Thursday, March 31, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally at St. Mary's Park, Thursday, March 31, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Supporters of US democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrive to attend a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in the Bronx, New York,on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
A supporter of US democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders arrives to attend a rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York,on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 31: Attendees wait in line prior to a rally for Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders at St. Mary's Park on March 31, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City . Sanders and opponent Hillary Clinton are campaigning ahead of the April 5 primary in New York. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
A supporter of US democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders displays a placard during a rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York,on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York,on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a rally at St. Mary's Park in the Bronx borough March 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)
US actress Rosario Dawson greets Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's supporters during a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York, on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
US actress Rosario Dawson greets Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's supporters during a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York,on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
US actress Rosario Dawson greets Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's supporters during a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York, on March 31, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally at St. Mary's Park, Thursday, March 31, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign rally at St. Mary's Park, Thursday, March 31, 2016, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
US actress Rosario Dawson greets Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders's supporters during a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York, on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images
US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York,on March 31, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
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Bernie Sanders and his supporters have warned the media from announcing that Hillary Clinton has clinched the democratic nomination due to her lead on the number of super delegates before they have even voted at the convention.

“Hillary Clinton will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to win the democratic nomination at the end of the nominating process on June 14th,” said Mr Sanders at a rally on the West Coast.

“When I hear media talking about, well, 'we’re going to announce it at 8 o’clock Eastern Standard Time that it’s all over', well, you’re wrong,” he added, referring to the closing of the polls of the New Jersey primary.

Cenk Uygur, host of online news show "The Young Turks", said in an interview with CNN that the media is not portraying the facts and is placing too much emphasis on super delegates ahead of the remaining primaries and the convention.

“I mean CNN and all of the establishment press totally tilted the playing field from day one,” he said.

Pledged delegates are bound by the vote of the people to choose a particular candidate, whereas super delegates are nothing to do with the state primaries.

CNN host Brian Stelter responded that the super delegates are "all establishment" democrats therefore nothing is likely to change their minds and make them vote for Mr Sanders.

Mr Uygur said that it was “journalistic malpractice” to count super delegates in the official tally towards a candidate when super delegates can vote for who they like at the convention, even if they have expressed preference for another candidate beforehand.

If they are not at the convention, their vote does not count.

Hillary Clinton had a lead of around 100 super delegates in 2008, which Mr Uygur said “totally vanished” as they switched to Barack Obama.

In 2016, he said there are “extraordinary circumstances” in which super delegates could change their allegiance, including if Ms Clinton is indicted for the misuse of her personal email account.

“You guys keep assuming she will not be indicted,” said Mr Uygur.

Hillary Clinton needs 2,383 delegates to clinch the nomination, which is unlikely to happen in the primary in California on 7 June.

She has 1776 pledged delegates, and 554 super delegates have indicated they will vote for her at the convention in late July.

Bernie Sanders has 1501 pledged delegates and 46 super delegates.

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