Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination
for US president after reaching the required number of
delegates, an AP tally suggests.
The count puts Mrs Clinton on 2,383 – the number needed to
make her the presumptive nominee.
She will become the first female nominee for a major US
But rival Bernie Sanders said Mrs Clinton had not won as
she was dependent on superdelegates who could not vote
until July’s party convention.
Mrs Clinton reached the threshold with a big win in Puerto
Rico and a burst of last-minute support from
superdelegates, AP said late on Monday night.
Superdelegates are party insiders who can pledge their
support for a candidate ahead of the convention but do not
formally vote for them until the convention itself.
Analysis – Katty Kay, presenter, BBC World News
It has taken a long 227 years to get even this far.
George Washington was elected president of a newly
independent America in 1789. Forty-four men later (43 of
them white) Hillary Clinton makes history today by being the
first female nominee for the White House.
So why don’t I feel more excited?
The lack of exuberance may come from the fact that this has
all been going on for so long.
We’ve really been reworking a version of the “first viable
female candidate for the presidency” story since 20 January
2007, the first time Hillary Clinton declared her candidacy
for the White House.
We’re exhausted. We’ve run out of superlatives. We’ve
overused every anecdote from the former first lady, former
senator, former secretary’s well-covered life.
A woman president would be new, Hillary Clinton is not.
Why aren’t we more excited about Clinton?
At an appearance in Long Beach, California, shortly after the
news broke, she said: “We are on the brink of a historic and
unprecedented moment but we still have work to do.
“We have six elections tomorrow and we’re going to fight
hard for every single vote, especially right here in
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Voters will go to the polls for Democratic primaries on
Tuesday in California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota,
South Dakota, and New Jersey.
The nominee for either party is not officially named until the
parties’ respective conventions.
Sanders’ California vow
Mr Sanders has vowed to stay in the race until the
convention, and his campaign team said the Vermont
senator would attempt to win back superdelegates who have
pledged their support to Mrs Clinton.
His spokesman Michael Briggs said it was too early to call
the Democratic contest.
“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, are
ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear
statement that it is wrong to count the votes of
superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention
this summer,” he said.
“Our job from now until the convention is to convince those
superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate
against Donald Trump.”
Mrs Clinton, a former secretary of state, New York senator
and First Lady, leads Mr Sanders by three million votes, 291
pledged delegates and 523 superdelegates, according to AP’s
She has won 29 caucuses and primaries to his 21 victories –
and an estimated 2.9 million more voters have backed her
during the nominating process.
That gives her a significantly greater lead over Mr Sanders
than Barack Obama had over her in 2008 – he led by 131
pledged delegates and 105 superdelegates at the point he
clinched the nomination.
“It’s not complicated” – US media round-up
Amy Chozick and Patrick Healy in the New York Times
describe the AP announcement as a “startling development”,
with Clinton aides reluctant to proclaim the race over and
the Sanders team taking a “dim view of the math”. They said:
“Mrs Clinton must also work in the coming weeks to improve
her own standing with voters, both with Mr. Sanders’s
hordes of young supporters and with a majority of
registered voters who say they do not like or trust her.”
Philip Bump in the Washington Post unpicks the maths of
the AP count, saying: “This is a subject of great consternation
to rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, who both directly and through
surrogates has repeatedly suggested that media outlets who
point this out are irresponsibly abdicating their duty to their
audiences. But it’s not a complicated issue. If you accept that
Donald Trump has clinched the Republican nomination, you
should similarly accept that Clinton will seal her party’s
nomination on Tuesday.”
Philip Elliot in Time quickly turned to the forthcoming
presidential campaign, saying it will be “ugly”. “Trump has
invoked the scandals – and the faux-scandals -of the 1990s
and has cast the current incarnation of Clinton as a
“crooked” politician who deserves to be in jail for using a
private email address. He has shown little regard for her
lifetime in the public eye – or that the Clintons attended the
reception for his third marriage – and has been devastating
in his criticism. All which goads his massive audiences into
rage against Clinton.”
AP reports White House officials as saying that Mr Obama is
preparing to endorse Mrs Clinton in the next few days,
although the announcement would come after Tuesday’s
Mr Obama telephoned Mr Sanders on Sunday, AP said. The
contents of the call have not been revealed.
Speaking in San Francisco, Mr Sanders did not refer to the
AP count, and promised supporters he would win in
California: “As of today, we have won primaries and
caucuses in 20 states across this country.
“And tomorrow, in the most important primary in the whole
Democratic nominating process, we’re going to win here in
On 26 May, Donald Trump passed the number of delegates
needed to secure the Republican Party’s presidential
nomination, AP reported.
Last updated: June 7, 2016, 12:03 a.m. EST
DEMOCRATS Need 2,383 to win
REPUBLICANS Need 1,237 to win
Totals include unpledged “superdelegates” — party
members free to back the candidate of their choice — who
have told The Associated Press whom they support. GOP
totals include unbound delegates, also free to support the
candidate of their choice.
1,812 571 SUPERDELEGATES
Win: 2,383/ 4,765
1,521 48 SUPERDELEGATES
814 delegates short
1,144 95 UNBOUND DELEGATES
Win: 1,239/ 2,472
Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination