Energetic wife of former US president, Bill Clinton, Hillary claimed her place in history as America’s first female presidential nominee on yesterday night.
Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone,” she told cheering supporters in Brooklyn, saying for the “first time in our nation’s history” a woman would lead a major-party ticket on Tuesday,June 7 2016.
Clinton hit the magic number of 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the nomination on Monday night, as news organizations called the race for her based on support from superdelegates — party leaders and elected officials who have a vote at the convention and pledged to back her over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Clinton waited until six states held a final round of contests Tuesday to declare victory, which will solidify her lead in pledged delegates earned through primaries and caucuses as well as her advantage in the overall popular vote.
Clinton picked up an easy win in New Jersey and also claimed victories in New Mexico and South Dakota. Sanders, meanwhile, won the North Dakota caucuses and the Montana primary. Pre-primary polls showed a tight race in California, the biggest prize on the primary calendar, though early returns showed Clinton in the lead.
Clinton celebrated with supporters at Brooklyn Navy Yard and highlighted the historic nature of her win.
“Tonight’s victory is not about one person,” said Clinton, who was framed by American flags draping the walls and in a row behind her. “It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible.”
The White House released a statement late Tuesday night saying that President Obama called both Clinton and Sanders, congratulating them “for running inspiring campaigns” and Clinton for hitting the magic number of delegates needed to secure the Democratic nod. The statement also said Clinton and Sanders would meet at the White House on Thursday.