According to the Associated Press, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has claimed the number of delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination. This achievement would make her the first female nominee for either major party for the presidency.
She was expected to officially clinch after polls closed in Tuesday's New Jersey primary, but the AP surveyed the superdelegates on Monday night and their investigation showed that Clinton had already secured the necessary 2,383.
Regardless of what the math says, though, this doesn't seem to signal the end the heated battle she and Senator Bernie Sanders have been waging for the last few months.
But at a Long Beach, California, rally on Monday, Clinton spoke to a crowd, saying, "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?" She promised her supporters that she would not stop fighting for every available delegate left.
On the flip side, Sanders's campaign manager, Michael Briggs, sang a different tune. "Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination," he said. "She will be dependent on superdelegates, who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then." Adding, "Our job from now until the convention is to convince those superdelegates that Bernie is by far the strong candidate against Donald Trump."
Most recently, Clinton won the Puerto Rico primary, and is now looking forward to Tuesday, in which she could further cement her victory.
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