The Associated Press declared Hillary Clinton the presumptive Democratic nominee June 6 — a night when no votes were cast.
"Hillary Clinton has commitments from the number of delegates needed to become the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee for president, and will be first woman to top the ticket of a major U.S. political party," the polling authority wrote at 8:20 pm.
The news sparked excitement over its historic significance for women, and confusion over how exactly the Associated Press determined Clinton as the nominee. To clear things up, here's exactly what happened on the night of June 6:
The Bernie Sanders camp was not happy with the decision.
Sanders' spokesman Michael Briggs refuted Clinton as the presumptive nominee, arguing that The AP made their call based on super delegates, not the popular vote.
"Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates secure the nomination. She will be dependent on super delegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then," Briggs said in a statement.
But pollsters were quick to point out that Clinton maintains a commanding lead over Sanders in the popular vote, as well.
"Clinton will be the Democratic nominee because substantially more Democrats have voted for her," Five Thirty-Eight founder Nate Silver wrote. "In addition to her elected delegate majority, she's received approximately 13.5 million votes so far in primaries and caucuses, compared with 10.5 million for Sanders."
According to FiveThirtyEight’s count, Sanders could win the upcoming California primary by 20 percentage points and still be behind by about 2 million votes. Regardless, it seems Sanders is not ready to give up the fight just yet.
"Our job from now until the convention is to convince those super delegates that Bernie Sanders is the strongest candidate against Donald Trump," Briggs said.