New York: Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has won the majority of delegates needed to seal the Democratic nomination, becoming the first woman presidential nominee of the party.
According to a U.S. news agency, Clinton reached the 2,383 delegates needed to become the presumptive Democratic nominee with a decisive weekend victory in Puerto Rico and a last-minute support from super-delegates.
As per reports, she has 1,812 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses. The former first US lady also has the support of 571 super-delegates
“I got to tell you, according to the news, we are on the brink of a historic, historic, unprecedented moment, 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,” she was quoted as saying by the New York Times.
Robby Mook, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager, dubbed the tally led by A.P. ‘an important milestone’, but indicated Mrs. Clinton did not intend to declare victory until Tuesday night, when she “will clinch not only a win in the popular vote, but also the majority of pledged delegates,” reports New York Times.
But the campaign of her rival, Bernie Sanders, vowed to keep up the fight, saying it was wrong to count the votes of super-delegates before they actually cast ballots at the Democratic National Convention in July in Philadelphia.
In a statement, Michael Briggs, a Sanders spokesman said that it was unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, was ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of super-delegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer.
The statement added that Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination.
Clinton on the other hand claimed to have kept herself away from the scrum cherishing her incredible journey so far.
The Democratic Party holds its convention in July to formally choose its nominee for the November 8 election against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. (ANI)