In this interview with Jeff Weaver on May 23, MSNBC admitted that it and several other stations were already planning to call the nomination for Hillary Clinton on June 7 at 5:00 p.m., several hours before polls closed in California. See the video above and how Jeff Weaver, Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager, reacted.
It’s interesting to note that this decision was made even before Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands voted. Clinton can’t technically clinch the nomination until the Democratic National Convention, and announcing her win hours early would only discourage people on both sides from voting.
It didn’t come as a huge surprise when AP jumped the gun and announced Clinton had won the nomination on Monday night: