Posted: 10:17 pm Sunday, June 5th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
With weekend victories in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in Puerto Rico, Hillary Clinton stands about two dozen delegates away from winning the Democratic Party nomination for President, as she is certain to achieve a majority once the votes are in for a series of primaries on Tuesday.
“We just won Puerto Rico!” Clinton said Sunday night on Twitter, as she celebrated a solid win in that U.S. territory.
We just won Puerto Rico! ¡Gracias a la Isla del Encanto por esta victoria! pic.twitter.com/D2szaqU3fS
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 6, 2016
Clinton’s weekend wins were also a reminder of how big her delegate lead is at this point – as Bernie Sanders simply cannot win by large enough margins in six states on Tuesday to close that gap.
Clinton now leads Sanders by 800 delegates, per NBC count. She's 24 away from the 2,383 needed to win. He's 824 away.
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) June 6, 2016
Both Sanders and Clinton will make final stops in California on Monday, the day before the June 7 primary.
Also voting in the Democratic race that day will be New Jersey, South Dakota, North Dakota, New Mexico and Montana.
"I want to finish strong in California," Clinton says in Sacramento. "It means the world to me."
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) June 6, 2016
Eight years ago – when Clinton was playing the role of Bernie Sanders – Clinton did defeat Barack Obama in California, but it didn’t alter the outcome of the race.
This time, Clinton wants to make sure she wins again – but instead goes on to become the party nominee.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.