Clinton ‘secures Democratic nomination’


Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination for US president after reaching the required number of delegates, an AP tally suggests.

The count puts Mrs Clinton on 2,383 – the number needed to make her the presumptive nominee.

She will become the first female nominee for a major US political party.

But rival Bernie Sanders said Mrs Clinton had not won as she was dependent on superdelegates who could not vote until July’s party convention.

Mrs Clinton reached the threshold with a big win in Puerto Rico and a burst of last-minute support from superdelegates, AP said late on Monday night.

Superdelegates are party insiders who can pledge their support for a candidate ahead of the convention but do not formally vote for them until the convention itself.

It has taken a long 227 years to get even this far.

George Washington was elected president of a newly independent America in 1789. Forty-four men later (43 of them white) Hillary Clinton makes history today by being the first female nominee for the White House.

So why don’t I feel more excited?

The lack of exuberance may come from the fact that this has all been going on for so long.

We’ve really been reworking a version of the “first viable female candidate for the presidency” story since 20 January 2007, the first time Hillary Clinton declared her candidacy for the White House.

We’re exhausted. We’ve run out of superlatives. We’ve overused every anecdote from the former first lady, former senator, former secretary’s well-covered life.

A woman president would be new, Hillary Clinton is not.

At an appearance in Long Beach, California, shortly after the news broke, she said: “We are on the brink of a historic and unprecedented moment but we still have work to do.

“We have six elections tomorrow and we’re going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California.”

Voters will go to the polls for Democratic primaries on Tuesday in California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and New Jersey.

The nominee for either party is not officially named until the parties’ respective conventions.

Mr Sanders has vowed to stay in the race until the convention, and his campaign team said the Vermont senator would attempt to win back superdelegates who have pledged their support to Mrs Clinton.

His spokesman Michael Briggs said it was too early to call the Democratic contest.

“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer,” he said.

“Our job from now until the convention is to convince those superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump.”

Mrs Clinton, a former secretary of state, New York senator and First Lady, leads Mr Sanders by three million votes, 291 pledged delegates and 523 superdelegates, according to AP’s count.

She has won 29 caucuses and primaries to his 21 victories – and an estimated 2.9 million more voters have backed her during the nominating process.

That gives her a significantly greater lead over Mr Sanders than Barack Obama had over her in 2008 – he led by 131 pledged delegates and 105 superdelegates at the point he clinched the nomination.

Amy Chozick and Patrick Healy in the New York Times describe the AP announcement as a “startling development”, with Clinton aides reluctant to proclaim the race over and the Sanders team taking a “dim view of the math”. They said: “Mrs Clinton must also work in the coming weeks to improve her own standing with voters, both with Mr. Sanders’s hordes of young supporters and with a majority of registered voters who say they do not like or trust her.”

Philip Bump in the Washington Post unpicks the maths of the AP count, saying: “This is a subject of great consternation to rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, who both directly and through surrogates has repeatedly suggested that media outlets who point this out are irresponsibly abdicating their duty to their audiences. But it’s not a complicated issue. If you accept that Donald Trump has clinched the Republican nomination, you should similarly accept that Clinton will seal her party’s nomination on Tuesday.”

Philip Elliot in Time quickly turned to the forthcoming presidential campaign, saying it will be “ugly”. “Trump has invoked the scandals – and the faux-scandals -of the 1990s and has cast the current incarnation of Clinton as a “crooked” politician who deserves to be in jail for using a private email address. He has shown little regard for her lifetime in the public eye – or that the Clintons attended the reception for his third marriage – and has been devastating in his criticism. All which goads his massive audiences into rage against Clinton.”

AP reports White House officials as saying that Mr Obama is preparing to endorse Mrs Clinton in the next few days, although the announcement would come after Tuesday’s primaries.

Mr Obama telephoned Mr Sanders on Sunday, AP said. The contents of the call have not been revealed.

Speaking in San Francisco, Mr Sanders did not refer to the AP count, and promised supporters he would win in California: “As of today, we have won primaries and caucuses in 20 states across this country.

“And tomorrow, in the most important primary in the whole Democratic nominating process, we’re going to win here in California.”

On 26 May, Donald Trump passed the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, AP reported.




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