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A Historic Victory

Hillary Clinton wins big to claim the Democratic
presidential nomination.

Hillary Clinton made history last night by becoming the United States’ first female presidential nominee of a major political party. Clinton surpassed the 2,383 delegates needed to secure the Democratic party’s nomination. It is now all but certain that she will represent the Democrats against Republican nominee Donald Trump in November’s presidential election.

“Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone,” Clinton told supporters in a speech in Brooklyn, New York. “Tonight's victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible.”

Clinton’s big moment came on a night when six states held Democratic primaries or caucuses. Clinton scored victories in California, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota. Her opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, won in North Dakota and Montana. 

Not Backing Down

Clinton’s win was actually announced by the Associated Press on Monday evening after she received the support of several more superdelegates. Unlike the delegates that candidates win in state elections (called pledged delegates), superdelegates can vote for any candidate they choose at the Democratic National Convention in July. 

Clinton currently has 571 superdelegates. But because those superdelegates could still change their minds and possibly vote for him at the convention, Sanders is not yet ready to give up. He urged supporters to vote for him in next Tuesday’s Washington, D.C., primary, the last Democratic primary of the election. 

“Defying history is what this campaign has been about,” Sanders said. “I am going to be meeting with our supporters to determine the best way forward.”

President Barack Obama called both Clinton and Sanders on Tuesday to congratulate them on their primary race. He will meet with Sanders at the White House on Thursday at Sanders’s request and is expected to endorse Clinton within the next few days.

The Republican Race

The last of the Republican primaries were also held on Tuesday. Because Trump is the only Republican candidate left in the race, the results weren’t surprising. He won in all five states: California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota.