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Clinton Becomes Democrats’ First Woman Nominee for US President

By: Max Radwin - Jun 7, 2016, 12:19 pm
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Clinton now has 2,384 delegates — one more than is required to clinch the nomination. (wikimedia)

A new Associated Press survey of superdelegates revealed Monday, June 6 that Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination and will be running for President of the United States against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The support Monday makes Clinton the first woman in the history of the United States to run on a major ticket for the office of president.

According to the survey, Clinton has 2,384 delegates — one more than is required for a statistical clinch of the nomination — 1,812 of which are pledge delegates and 572 of which are superdelegates.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who gave Clinton a run for her money throughout the primary and caucus season, currently has 1,521 delegates and 572 superdelegates.

Regular pledge delegates give their support at primaries and caucuses, while superdelegates can change their allegiance right up to the final moment. Sanders’ campaign has maintained throughout the primary process that this system allows the media to be misrepresent Clinton’s lead over him.

The Sanders campaign released a statement on Monday:

“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, 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. … Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination. She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then.”

The New York Times reported that Sanders was hoping to take California — one of six primaries taking place on June 7 — and to use that win as leverage for swaying superdelegates.

The Sanders campaign said it has high expectations for Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North and South Dakota as well as the District of Colombia.

Clinton, despite having the nomination wrapped up, is focused on the primaries as well.

“We are on the brink of a historic, historic unprecedented moment but we still have work to do, don’t we?” Clinton said during a speech in Long Beach, California. “We have six elections tomorrow and are going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California.”

But that doesn’t mean Clinton isn’t also paying attention to the challenge that is Donald Trump, who she will face off against for many months to come.

On Monday, she called Trump out for saying a federal judge of Mexican descent was too bias to fairly rule on a case.

“I’m waiting for him to say because of all the bigoted things he has said about women that a woman judge couldn’t preside,” Clinton said. “By the time he’s finished, nobody’s going to be left in this country that he is going to have exempted from insults.”

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Max is an editor with PanAm Post. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2015 with a Major in English Literature and a minor in Spanish Language. He has written for Newsday, Al Jazeera and The Miami Herald, among others.