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  • “Super Tuesday” – six states hold primaries
  • Clinton has enough delegates to win – AP
  • “A rush to judgement” – Sanders

    Hillary Clinton

US media outlets say Clinton has secured enough delegates to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

The former US secretary of state would be the first woman presidential candidate of a major US party.

California dreaming

However, campaign organisers are urging supporters to get to the polls on Super Tuesday to avoid a loss to Bernie Sanders in California.

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook urged supporters and volunteers to “stay at this” because –

  • California
  • New Jersey
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • New Mexico

- are holding nominating contests.

“We do not want to send a message that anybody’s vote doesn’t count,” Mook added.

“A rush to judgement” – Bernie Sanders

The US senator from Vermont has vowed to continue the fight until the party convention that formally picks the nominee.

A Sanders campaign spokesperson criticised the announcement of Clinton’s presumptive win as a “rush to judgement”.

His promise to address economic inequality is popular with younger voters.

Clinton is particularly popular among older voters.

Who are the “superdelegates”?

  • Party leaders
  • Elected senators
  • Members of Congress
  • Governors

- who in theory can change their vote at any time.

Clinton has a clear lead in delegates over Sanders, but this also includes a number of super delegates.

Democratic officials say as their votes have not yet been fully pledged, they should not be counted until they vote at the Democratic convention in July.

So Clinton might lose votes at the Democratic convention in July?

In practice, though, super delegates who have announced their voting intention are unlikely to change their minds.

Why is California important?

California is the biggest prize on Tuesday – the last and largest state to vote.

If Sanders wins the state, it could hamper Clinton’s ability to unify the party ahead of next month’s party convention.

In tweets

Hillary Clinton tweets in Spanish and English:

“What they are saying

“We’re on the verge of making history and we’re going to celebrate that tonight,” – Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook told broadcasters.

“Our job, from now until the convention, is to convince those superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump,” – *Michael Briggs”, Bernie Sanders’ spokesperson.