Hillary Clinton has ‘secured’ the Democratic nomination for United States president after attaining 2,383 votes – the number of required delegates.
The delegate-tracking service run by Associated Press first made the call, with the news then being echoed by CNN and NBC shortly after. This makes Mrs. Clinton the first female presidential candidate from a main US political party to be nominated, however, rival Bernie Sanders said Mrs. Clinton had not won as she was waiting for superdelegates who were not able to vote until the party’s convention in July.
Sanders warned against media outlets calling the results early, instead asking them to “hold off” until the polls in California had closed. “It simply is not accurate,” he said.
Mrs. Clinton has been concerned about low turnout in California, a state she won in 2008, and urged her supporters to not stay at home on voting day. AP declared that Mrs. Clinton already had enough superdelegates on her side to win the nomination. “According to the news, 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 gonna fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California,” said Mrs. Clinton during a rally in California.
Mr. Sanders, who trails behind in California by only two points, took to the stage at a rally in San Francisco to tell his supporters that if he wins California, he’ll be “going to go into that convention with enormous momentum.” He has pledged to stay in the race until the convention and his team claims he will attempt to win back superdelegates who’ve already pledged their support to Hillary Clinton.
“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.
“Our job from now until the convention is to convince those superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump,” said Michael Briggs, spokesman for Mr. Sanders.