Hilary Clinton, Presumptive U.S Democratic Party Nominee

The leading candidate of the Democratic Party nomination for the November 2016 Presidential election in the United States, Hillary Clinton is on the precipice of securing the party’s ticket for the presidency.

The Associated Press reported on Monday night that Mrs Clinton has reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination for president.

A survey by The Associated Press showed that Mrs. Clinton had secured the overall support of the required 2,383 delegates.

The survey showed that she has secured commitments from 2,384 delegates, of which 1,812 are pledged delegates and 572 are the so-called super delegates.

Runner-up for the Democratic Party nomination, Bernie Sanders has 1,566 delegates, of which 1,520 are pledged delegates and 46 are super delegates.

Mrs. Clinton had been expected to clinch the nomination on Tuesday after polls closed in New Jersey.

On her Twitter handle, the former US Secretary of State tweeted: “We’re flattered, @AP but we’ve got primaries to win.”

She enjoined Americans in the states of California, New Jersey and four other states, to come out and vote on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Clinton Campaign Manager, Robby Mook said: “This is an important milestone but there are still six states that are voting on Tuesday, with millions of people heading to the polls.”
The survey showed that she has secured commitments from 2,384 delegates, of which 1,812 are pledged delegates and 572 are the so-called super delegates.

Runner-up for the Democratic Party nomination, Bernie Sanders has 1,566 delegates, of which 1,520 are pledged delegates and 46 are super delegates.

Mrs. Clinton had been expected to clinch the nomination on Tuesday after polls closed in New Jersey.

On her Twitter handle, the former US Secretary of State tweeted: “We’re flattered, @AP but we’ve got primaries to win.”

She enjoined Americans in the states of California, New Jersey and four other states, to come out and vote on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Clinton Campaign Manager, Robby Mook said: “This is an important milestone but there are still six states that are voting on Tuesday, with millions of people heading to the polls.

“Hilary Clinton is working to earn every vote. We look forward to Tuesday night, when Hilary Clinton will clinch not only a win in the popular vote but also the majority of pledged delegates,”he stated.

In the Bernie Sanders camp, news that Mrs Clinton is on the threshold of picking the Party’s nomination is not cheery.

Michael Briggs, a Sanders spokesman said in a statement: “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 super delegates 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 super delegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then.” Briggs said.

Allies, fans and supporters of Mrs Clinton are however, already jubilant about the news of Mrs Clinton’s impending nomination.

New York Times quotes Governor Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut, as saying: “What a historic night. By nominating Secretary Clinton, we’re showing that we are the party of common sense because we are the party of progress.”

Jennifer Granholm, the former governor of Michigan who now advises a pro-Clinton “ Super PAC, wrote in an email: “It’s beyond words; incredibly moving for me personally but premature. We don’t want to crush democracy. Still six states tomorrow (Tuesday) whose votes must be counted. It’s crucial to encourage people to vote.”

The US presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016 and is the 58th quadrennial election. Voters will select presidential electors who in turn will elect a new president and vice president through the Electoral College.

A series of presidential and primary elections and caucuses which kicked off on February 1, will round off on June 14, 2016 across the 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

Thereafter, the 2016 Republican National Convention will take place on July 18 to 21, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio while the 2016 Democratic National Convention will hold from July 25 to 28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Confidence O.