UPDATE – 3:14 p.m. EST: Despite winning a majority of the vote in Tuesday’s primary contests and amassing a total of 2,191 pledged delegates to Sanders’ 1,816, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has yet to announce party front-runner Hillary Clinton as their “presumptive nominee” for president.
A statement released Tuesday night by DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz failed to mention either candidate by name, and instead focused on general Democratic “values and priorities” .
Even President Obama, “congratulated Secretary Clinton for securing the delegates necessary to clinch the Democratic Nomination for President,” according to a statement released by the White House late Tuesday night.
While Clinton has enough total delegates at the moment to declare herself the winner, 574 are unpledged superdelegates who can switch their vote to Sanders or anyone else up until the roll-call is announced on the Democratic convention floor.
With a total of 1,864 pledged and unpledged delegates to-date, Sanders would have to convince over 500 of Clinton’s superdelegates to switch their vote in order to achieve the necessary 2,383 to win the nomination outright.
Democratic and Republican voters went to the polls one last time in the 2016 presidential primary season on Tuesday, with nominating contests held in six states including California and New Jersey.
All eyes were on the Golden State’s Democratic primary, allocating a total of 475 pledged delegates, of which Hillary Clinton won 256 with 56 percent of the popular vote.
In New Jersey, Clinton won by an even larger margin over rival Bernie Sanders, taking 70 of the state’s 126 committed delegates with an impressive 63 percent of the vote.
Declaring victory at a rally in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, Clinton acknowledged her place in history as the first female presidential candidate of a major party and highlighted the stark contrast between herself and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“The stakes in this election are high and the choice is clear. Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander in chief,” Clinton said.
“When Donald Trump says a distinguished judge born in Indiana can’t do his job because of his Mexican heritage, or he mocks a reporter with disabilities, or calls women pigs, it goes against everything we stand for,”
With only Washington, D.C., Democrats left to vote on June 14, Clinton has now amassed 1,934 pledged delegates to Sanders 1,541, with 2,383 needed to win the nomination.
Despite having enough unpledged superdelegates to giver her more than the required number — 2,523 total, according to The Green Papers — speaking in Santa Monica, CA, late on Tuesday, Bernie Sanders promised his supporters that he would continue to campaign through the Washington, D.C., primary and all the way to the floor of the Democratic National Convention at Philadelphia in July.
As for the Republicans, Donald Trump won all four GOP primaries on Tuesday in landslide fashion and gave a scripted speech from Briarcliff Manor, New York — forced to toe the party line after a week of criticism for racially-charged remarks made about a California judge handling a “Trump University” lawsuit.
“Tonight we close one chapter in history and we begin another,” Trump said. “You’ve given me the honor to lead the Republican Party to victory this fall.”
[The Green Papers] [Reuters] [CNN] [The Hill] [Photo courtesy feministcurrent.com]