We knew it was imminent. And now the Associated Press has just confirmed Hillary Clinton has earned enough delegates to become the presumptive Democratic nominee, making her the first woman ever to win a major party nomination.
As Politico reports:
A combination of pledged and superdelegates put Clinton over the mark in her contest against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, according to the AP count.
Clinton’s historic victory — coming as a surprise, only hours before voters head to the polls on the last multi-state day of the Democratic primary — is likely to be tempered by her opponent Bernie Sanders’ reluctance to bow out of the race.
Before the AP updated its count and put her over the top, Clinton was just 23 delegates shy of the 2,383 needed to clinch the nomination, and with six states holding primaries or caucuses, she was expected to easily cross that threshold.
But given her reliance on superdelegates to reach a majority, Sanders has vowed to wage a bitter battle all the way to the Democratic National Convention in July, insisting that nothing is official until the ballots are tallied in Philadelphia.
As recently as today, Sanders maintained he was likely to keep on going to the convention.
“Our goal is to get as many delegates as we possibly can and to make the case to superdelegates that I believe the evidence is very strong that I am the strongest candidate,” Sanders said at a press conference in Emeryville, California.
But he also hinted that he’s coming closer to accepting that the math just doesn’t work in his favor.
Sanders told reporters that he’ll be headed on a plane back to Burlington Tuesday night and that he and his aides will “assess where we are” after the election results come in.
Sadly, being the first woman ever to win a major party nomination is about the only thing Hillary Clinton has going for her — in the face of oh-so-many things that make her absolutely unfit to be president.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]