Posted: 9:05 pm Monday, June 6th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Hours before voting started Tuesday in six states in the Democratic race for President, the Associated Press proclaimed Hillary Clinton the winner of that battle, saying the numbers show she has the delegates needed to make her the presumptive nominee of her party, the first woman backed by either major party for the White House.
— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) June 7, 2016
It was only a matter of ‘when’ Clinton would reach the 2,383 delegates needed to claim the Democratic nomination, as victories in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands over the weekend had edged her to within two dozen votes of victory.
“We are on the brink of a historic moment, but we still have work to do,” Clinton said, making clear that she still wants to notch as many victories as possible, and win as many delegates as she can on Tuesday – especially in California.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 7, 2016
“We look forward to Tuesday night when Hillary Clinton will clinch not only a win in popular vote but also majority of pledged delegates,” said campaign manager Robby Mook in a call with the AP.
After the AP call, other news organizations jumped on board as well.
NBC News projects Hillary Clinton (D) wins Democratic Presumptive Nominee #2016
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) June 7, 2016
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 7, 2016
The news came not long after Clinton had told reporters in California that she was ‘looking forward’ to the November campaign – and to getting President Obama involved in making the case against Donald Trump.
The White House though was still being coy about when the President might endorse Clinton.
“I don’t have any news to make on the timing of a presidential endorsement at this point,” said spokesman Josh Earnest.
The developments were certainly a blow to Bernie Sanders, who still hopes to win in California, the biggest state in the Democratic race.
His spokesman labeled the Clinton call, a rush to judgment.
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.