AP delegate count: Clinton clinches Democratic nomination

Hillary Clinton stands on the cusp of having enough delegates to claim the Democratic presidential nomination, having overwhelmed Bernie Sanders in a pair of weekend elections in the Caribbean. Back then, she famously noted her inability to "shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling".

Though Sanders could campaign in Washington, D.C., ahead of the final primary of the year on June the 14th, Clinton is expected to win there.

The former Secretary of State neared the brink of victory with a strong win Sunday in the island territory of Puerto Rico, one day after the US Virgin Islands voted overwhelmingly for her.

Hillary Clinton won today's Democratic primary in Puerto Rico, according to the Associated Press.

She has 2,357 delegates going into Tuesday's contests, just 26 short of the 2,383 she needs to clinch the nomination at next month's convention in Philadelphia.

The politician will face a challenge to win over Sanders supporters.

Clinton had a muted reaction to her claim on the nomination Monday night as she campaigned in California.

A Sanders victory there could embolden his supporters to urge him to wage a fractious convention fight. He said he spoke to his staff about how much air time Donald Trump soaks up.

Indeed, Clinton's victory is broadly decisive.

However, he added: "The president does have a long personal relationship with Secretary Clinton, she served as his secretary of state for more than four years". So far, Clinton has clinched a total of 2,354 votes (superdelegates: 547, pledged: 1,807) and Sanders has garnered 1,561 (superdelegates: 46, pledged:1,515). Sanders would have to get more than 60 percent of the superdelegates backing Clinton to switch their votes. "We shouldn't be acting like we are undecided when the people of America have spoken".

But despite growing pressure from party luminaries for him to exit the race, Sanders, a US senator from Vermont who describes himself as a democratic socialist, has vowed to stay in until the next month's party convention that formally picks the nominee. Her deep unpopularity among Republicans has pushed many leery of Trump to nevertheless embrace his campaign.

"This to me is about saving the country and preventing a third progressive, liberal term, which is what a Clinton presidency would do", House Speaker Paul Ryan told the AP last week after he finally endorsed Trump, weeks after the New Yorker clinched the GOP nomination.

Yet Clinton showed no signs of limping into the general election as she approached the milestone, leaving Sanders behind and focusing on lacerating Trump. His liberal positions pushed the issue of income inequality into the spotlight and drove Clinton to the left on issues such as trade, Wall Street and campaign finance reform. Nevertheless, that could be a tall order, considering he just joined the party to run for president. Bernie Sanders had about one-third. His ability to raise vast sums of money online gave him the resources to continue into the spring. That will be dependent upon superdelegates.

By all objective measures, she and her allies argue that the race is over.

Her campaign manager, Robby Mook, said the media call on Clinton was an "important milestone".

The race between the two in California remains very close. "But it scares me that Donald Trump might win".

"I believed it was the right thing to do".

 

 

  • Jack Mann