Hillary Clinton clinches Democratic presidential nomination, by AP count
A burst of last-minute support from superdelegates appears to put Clinton over the threshold to become the first female presidential nominee of a major party
Hillary Clinton has crossed the threshold of 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first woman in American history to be the presidential nominee of a major party, the Associated Press reported late Monday.
The feat, from a a burst of last-minute support from superdelegates, according to the AP, was immediately contested by the rival campaign of Bernie Sanders, which argued that Clinton had not reached the crucial target through pledged delegates alone. It also said that Sanders would continue to campaign through the Democratic convention in July.
Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs dubbed the report a rush to judgment that counts superdelegates that the Democratic National Committee itself says should not be counted because they havent voted. Speaking to MSNBCs Rachel Maddow on Monday evening, he added that the potential remained for the superdelegates to change their minds before voting on July 25.
Clinton, who has amassed about 3 million more votes than Sanders in the nominating competition and has a lead of about 300 pledged delegates, has argued that superdelegates senior party officials not bound to voting results in any state would not abandon her en masse. There did not appear to be any such movement afoot.
Yet the Clinton campaign signaled it would hold back declaring victory until voting in California and five other primaries on Tuesday.
During his own appearance on the same program, Hillary Clintons campaign manager Robby Mook said the news was very exciting but reiterated that she was not taking anything for granted ahead of Tuesdays primary contests.
Hillary made a pledge at the beginning of this campaign that shes going to fight for every single vote, fight for every single delegate. I think the proof is in the results, Mook said.
Asked when the Sanders campaign would consider the race to be over, Briggs demurred.
Hes led a dramatic revolutionary insurgency in the party, he said of Sanders, and we are trying our darndest to give those people the voice that they have earned and deserved in the Democratic Party process.
At an event in California, news that Clinton had clinched the nomination broke while the former secretary of state was speaking at her penultimate primary campaign rally. If she already knew that she had reached the magic number of delegates, she did not directly acknowledge it on stage saying just that according to the news, we are on the brink of a historic moment.
But her speech was victorious in tone. In front of a crowd of around 1,000 at Long Beach City College, Clinton said that we still have work to do. We will fight hard for every vote especially here in California.