Hillary Clinton secures the nomination of her party for US President,says AP

June 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton secures the nomination of her party for US President, according to AP–Congratulations? Not Yet, says Bernie Sanders


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 political party.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.Super delegates 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.

AP’s announcement came ahead of Democratic primaries on Tuesday in California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and New Jersey. Polling stations opened at 06:00 local time (10:00 GMT) in New Jersey. The last ones to close will be in California at 03:00 GMT Wednesday.

Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles, 6 JuneImage copyright  REUTERS

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-three men later (42 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, Mrs Clinton 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 California.”


BBC North America editor Jon Sopel says the AP announcement could actually be a problem for Mrs Clinton, as it may depress turnout in Tuesday’s primaries and creates the impression that she has only won because of the super delegates and not the ordinary voters.

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 super delegates.His spokesman Michael Briggs said it was too early to call the contest.

Bernie Sanders in San Francisco, 6 JuneImage copyrightAP
Image caption The Sanders’ campaign criticised the media’s “rush to judgement”

“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.

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 super delegates, according to AP’s count.

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

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… 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.”

Amy Chozick and Patrick Healy in the New York Times say: “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 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… He has shown little regard for her lifetime in the public eye… 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 primaries.

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 California.”

On 26 May, Donald Trump passed the number of delegates needed to secure the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, AP reported.

4 thoughts on “Hillary Clinton secures the nomination of her party for US President,says AP

  1. I don’t think any one who understood US politics, truly doubted Hillary would prevail over Bernie – despite all that ‘white’ noise (yeah.., the same word our Munificent Leader of UMNOb uses). Social democrats are dime a dozen – even if they are Jews.

    Hillary has shown that she has the mettle to ride out any storm including Bill’s peccadilloes or E-Mail-gate. She is what feminine steely determinism is all about. Imagine a Granny armed with steel chompers?

    The Reality is that Socialism is an anachronism of the Industrial Mechanistic Age and America is no longer in one. What needs to be done is a reduction of Federalism, and that each state take their social responsibilities more seriously – whether in health, education or social safety nets.

    I can imagine the USofA ‘devolving’ into a sort of confederation not unlike the Ionic of Delphic Leagues of ancient Greece, with a different sort of economy and industrial symbiosis.

    With Militant Granny as the First Among Equals – Putin, Xi, Kim Jr, the multitude of Raghead Potentates and our very own Dedak Master, will be shuddering in their shorts – if not rendered totally impotent and emasculated.

    I wonder how much the FLOM will be paying the Lobbyists in D.C to have the privilege to be photographed with the immediate future POTUS?
    Hillary or Trump, both will act in the best interest of the US. –Din Merican

  2. “The Reality is that Socialism is an anachronism of the Industrial Mechanistic Age and America is no longer in one,” CLF.

    Americans younger than 30 overwhelmingly support Bernie and feel the “bern”. Such phenomena shows socialism is not an anachronism or old-fashioned. Socialism will never disappear just like cold germs will never disappear. When a nation health is in good form, it will ward off cold after a short period of fever or “bern”. When a nation health is at the verge of collapse, socialism will destroy the nation just like how a simple cold can kill a weakened person. Also just as a weakened immune system will suffer higher rate of cold episodes, a weakened nation will suffer higher rate of “berns”. European nations embracing socialism are examples of weakened states ripen for later collapse. Brexit is one last attempt to avoid the collective fate of EU. Others like Poland might follow suit.

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