- Clinton ‘reaches 2383 delegate threshold’
- Historic moment becoming first female nominee of major US party
- Bernie Sanders vows to fight on
Hillary Clinton has secured the number of delegates needed to win the Democratic Party nomination for president. The claim, made by the Associated Press (AP), comes ahead of today’s final Super Tuesday of the campaign when she is expected to collect the rest of the pledged delegates and so-called superdelegates needed to take her past the 2383 threshold.
“According to the news, we are on the brink of a historic, historic, unprecedented moment, “ said Clinton. “But we still have work to do, don’t we. We have six elections tomorrow and we’re going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California.”
Clinton heads into Tuesday’s contests after a victory over the weekend in Puerto Rico’s primary. She is also expected to win in Washington, D.C., which holds the final primary of the year on June 14.
However her rival, Bernie Sanders has vowed to keep on fighting saying it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually cast ballots at the Democratic National Convention in July.
“If we can win here in California, win in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, New Mexico, do well in New Jersey, we’re going to go into that (Democratic Party) convention with enormous momentum.”
Sanders’ decision to keep fighting has caused growing divisions among Democrats, some of whom feel he should bow out now to allow Clinton to unify the party ahead of taking on Republican Donald Trump in the race for the White house.
In the meantime, the AP tally puts her at 1,812 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses, plus 571 superdelegates. If AP is correct Clinton will make the history books by becoming the first ever female nominee for a major US political party.