Monday, June 6, 2016

AP and others say Hillary has won Democratic nomination, the first woman ever

 “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.
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.
The Hill

The web site 538 said: "Clinton will be the Democratic nominee because substantially more Democrats have voted for her. In addition to her elected delegate majority, she’s received approximately 13.5 million votes so far in primaries and caucuses, compared with 10.5 million for Sanders."

Clinton was very careful not to rub it in. "According to the news, we are on the brink of a historic, unprecedented moment, but we still have work to do," she said. "We have six elections tomorrow and we are going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California,” she said.
But her smiles said it all. She had spent much of the day fighting of questions about how it felt to be the first woman chosen to run for president.

 She has a double-digit lead in New Jersey, in the East Coast time zone, and many pundits predict she will have enough delegates to claim the nomination before polls close four hours later in the nation’s most populous state, California.
Many in the media may choose to focus on the likelihood of the first female president.
Trump has been self-destructing lately, repeating racist remarks about a judge that even his own party leaders condemned.
Clinton, whether she wins or not, will be the first woman nominated by a major party. There is even a chance that Clinton could choose a woman for vice president, Mass. U.S. Sen. Ellen Warren.
What will the stylists do? Will they stop calling her “Mrs. Clinton” and settle on “President Clinton.” And what will they call Bill?
Will the Republican party try to get on the same page with a majority of Americans. They said they would after the last loss to President Barack Obama.
Demographics are going against them. Minority after minority has been courted by Democrats.
Whites are being outnumbered, clearly a factor in the growing support among whites for Trump. Alliances of population groups probably would have worked better.

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