Hillary Clinton finally reacts as she takes the stage at a rally, in Long Beach, California. Eight years after conceding she was unable to "shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling". Clinton has 1,812 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses. She also has the support of 571 super delegates, according to the reports.
Striding into history, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party. Clinton’s rise to presumptive nominee arrived nearly eight years to the day after she conceded her first White House campaign to Barack Obama.
Campaigning this time as the loyal successor to the nation’s first black president, Hillary held off a surprisingly strong challenge from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. He mobilized millions with a fervently liberal message and his insurgent candidacy revealed a deep level of national frustration with politics-as-usual, even among Democrats who have controlled the White House since 2009.
The former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady reached the 2,383 delegates needed to become the presumptive Democratic nominee on Monday with a decisive weekend victory in Puerto Rico and a burst of last-minute support from super-delegates.
Those are party officials and officeholders, many of them eager to wrap up the primary amid preference polls showing her in a tightening race with presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. “We’re going to fight hard for every single vote,” Ms. Clinton said at a rally in Long Beach.