Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton officially clinched the Democratic Party nomination Monday.

She now has 1,812 pledged delegates she’s won in the primaries and caucuses, plus 571 super delegates.

Puerto Rico held a contest Sunday that pushed Clinton over the top – to the 2,383 necessary to become the presumptive Democratic Party nominee. However, the AP reported Clinton benefited from “a burst of last-minute support from superdelegates.”

The news comes just 24 hours after President Obama reportedly chatted with her rival, Bernie Sanders, for 45 minutes about the contentious Democratic Party primary.

During an appearance in Compton, California, on Monday, Clinton called on Sanders to drop out of the race: “Tomorrow is eight years to the day after I withdrew and endorsed Obama. I believe it was the right thing to do, no matter what differences we had.”

After his call with Obama, Sanders urged the president to “rally the American people” for more left-wing policy, according to the Washington Post.

The former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady captured the nomination on the eve of the June 7 primaries in which Democrats were scheduled to hold primaries in six states.

Also on Monday, Sanders said he will “assess” his campaign after California’s primary.

A Sanders win in California, a state he calls the “big enchilada” because it offers 475 Democratic Party delegates, would certainly be embarrassing for Clinton. But it is a possibility, as Sanders and Clinton were neck-and-neck in the polls before Tuesday, with Clinton leading by an average of only two points.

“Let’s assess where we are after tomorrow before we make statements based on speculation,” Sanders told reporters in California Monday evening. “We are speculating before what is, in fact, the most important primary.”


Upon receiving news that Clinton had crossed the delegate threshold, Sanders’ campaign contested the claim, calling the reports “unfortunate” and a “rush to judgement” and noting that Clinton has not reached 2,383 pledged delegates.

“Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination,” Sanders campaign manager Michael Briggs told the New York Times. “She will be dependent on superdelegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then.”

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook told the U.K. Guardian: “This is an important milestone, but  there are six states that are voting Tuesday, with millions of people heading to the polls, and Hillary Clinton is working to earn every vote. We look forward to Tuesday night, when Hillary Clinton will clinch not only a win in the popular vote, but also the majority of pledged delegates.”

Clinton will be the first woman in U.S. history to receive a presidential nomination from a major party. Democrats will hold their convention in Philadelphia in July.

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