NO doubt left Clinton will take California and the Democrat nomination
June 8, 2016
Hillary Clinton laid claim to the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and with it, a piece of history Tuesday night.
Speaking in Brooklyn, New York, on a night where she won the New Jersey primary, Clinton told supporters that they were witnessing a historical moment.
"We are all standing under a glass ceiling right now," she told her boisterous supporters.
"Tonight's victory is not about one person," Clinton added. "It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible."
She had already secured the delegates and superdelegates needed for the nomination, according to tallies by the Associated Press and NBC News.
Clinton was projected to win New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota, with Bernie Sanders victorious in the North Dakota caucus. Voters in California and Montana also decided on Tuesday night.
President Barack Obama, her rival in the 2008 Democratic race, called Clinton to congratulate her for securing "the delegates necessary to clinch" the nomination for president.
But the president did not formally endorse Clinton. The White House says the president also called Sanders to praise him for shining a spotlight on economic inequality and energizing millions of voters.
The statement said that Sanders requested a meeting with Obama. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday at the White House.
Sanders is scheduled to speak around 1 a.m. ET.
Clinton praised Sanders for the "extraordinary" campaign and his ability to excite "millions of voters, especially young people." The former state senator and secretary of state said Sanders raised the bar on debate during the primary season for the Democrats.
She made a pitch for his supporters: "It never feels good to put our heart into a cause or a candidate you believe in and come up short ... But as we look ahead to the battle that awaits, let's remember all that unites us."
Clinton then turned her attention the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump.
She deemed Trump "temperamentally unfit" to be president, citing his attacks on a federal judge, reporters and women.
Based on primaries and caucuses to date, Clinton has now won 1,870 delegates to Sanders' 1,568.
Her lead is bigger when including superdelegates, 2,441 to Sanders' 1,616. The number needed to secure the nomination is 2,383.
Superdelegates are able to change their vote at the convention, although the last time they were a significant factor in the party in determining the winner was in 1984.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said that for Sanders "I think the math is unforgiving," as a report in the New York Times indicated that the Vermont senator could be laying off a significant number of staff on Wednesday.
Trump, too, makes appeal to Sanders' voters
In San Diego, 82-year-old Harry Backer strolled past cyclists, skateboarders and kayakers on the way to vote for Clinton. The retired teacher, who also worked in construction, said America needs a level-headed, grounded woman with world experience.
"I'm left of Bernie Sanders, but I know that she's the candidate that can possibly get something done," Backer said.
He also wanted to be part of history in making Clinton the first woman to top the ticket of a major U.S. political party.
In Albuquerque, N.M., Lucy Demir voted for Sanders.
"I like him because he's really honest," said Demir, 37. "I think he's really direct, and I appreciate how he really is trying to stay on his side of the street. I actually think some of his ideals are kind of like utopic and he's probably not going to achieve them, but I like his character."
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