Democratic nominee will be clear next week: Obama

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:12 GMT, Jun 2, 2016 |

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday (June 1) he expected the winner of the Democratic presidential nominating race would be clear next week after Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders compete in races in California and New Jersey.

“I think that there has been a healthy debate in the Democratic Party, and it’s almost over,” Obama said during a town hall-style event broadcast by PBS.

People will “probably have a pretty good sense next week,” of who the nominee will be, Obama said.

Clinton, a former U.S. secretary of state, is the front-runner in the Democratic race. Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, lags her in the number of delegates needed to wrap up the nomination.

Both California and New Jersey which have large numbers of delegates up for grabs hold their votes next Tuesday (June 7).