Hillary Clinton became the first woman to capture the presidential nomination of one of the country’s major political parties on Monday night, according to an Associated Press survey of Democratic superdelegates, securing enough of them to overcome a bruising challenge from Senator Bernie Sanders and turn to a brutal five-month campaign against Donald J. Trump,” the New York Times reported.
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AP reported Monday night that it had surveyed enough delegates to show that she had the 2,383 needed.
The AP wasted no time in declaring Trump the presumptive Republican presidential nominee based on phone calls to delegates in North Dakota on May 26.
With Clinton less than 20 delegates less than the number needed it was obvious she would win Tuesday night with six primaries, starting in New Jersey.
It remained to be seen whether the rest of the media would buy the AP story, but others confirmed it with their own surveys.
Clinton was already firing at Trump. Sanders said he would keep fighting. Presisdent Obama made it clear he was siding with Clinton.
Obama’s press secretary, Josh Earnest, said, “We’re going to give Democratic voters the opportunity to weigh in. But certainly somebody who claims a majority of the pledged and superdelegates, you know, has a strong case to make,” Earnest said.
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