Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just made history. According to the Associated Press, she now has the commitment of enough delegates (including superdelegates) to win the Democratic presidential nomination for 2016. These commitments make her the first woman to become the nominee for a major American political party. The other noteworthy thing here is that this historic event occurs almost exactly eight years after she withdrew from the 2008 democratic primary, in which, of course, Barack Obama went on to become the first African-American president.
The Associated Press says that Clinton now has just over the 2,383 delegates to become the presumptive nominee of the Democratic primary. According to AP, enough superdelegates have stated unequivocally that they will be voting for Clinton to confidently project her victory. The Sanders campaign is already raising objections to the announcement because superdelegates technically don’t vote for the nominee until the Democratic National Convention, which will be held in Philadelphia in July. However, realistically, there appears to be no way forward for the Sanders campaign.
Clinton has the number advantage and the superdelegates count, and tomorrow is likely to get enough delegates to win outright. To do so, the Clinton campaign needs voter turnout, which may explain why they don’t sound thrilled by the announcement:
This is an important milestone, but there are six states that are voting Tuesday, with millions of people heading to the polls, and Hillary Clinton is working to earn every vote. We look forward to Tuesday night, when Hillary Clinton will clinch not only a win in the popular vote, but also the majority of pledged delegates.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 7, 2016
The thing is, Senator Sanders has run an impressive campaign against Secretary Clinton. No one can deny that. However, it seems that after tomorrow’s primaries, Hillary Clinton will have both superdelegates and pledged delegates/popular vote. The primaries will be effectively over tomorrow. It is time to unite the party, and to look toward the general election to stop the dangerous trainwreck that is Donald Trump from having so much as a snowball’s chance in Hell of taking the White House this November.
Remember folks – vote blue, no matter who! Congratulations, Madame Secretary!
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