Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton Clinches Nomination

On the night before the California primary, the Associated Press says that Hillary Clinton now has enough delegates to win the nomination.

To win the nomination, a candidate must secure a majority of all delegates, or 2,383. But 15 percent of the total delegate pool is made up of superdelegates — current and former elected officials and party activists who aren’t bound to vote for the candidate selected by voters in their home state’s primary.

Many — but not all — of the Democratic superdelegates have publicly declared their support for either Clinton or her rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

According to the AP, Clinton’s win in the Puerto Rico primary — where 60 unpledged delegates were at stake — pushed her total, including hundreds of superdelegates, beyond 2,383.

Clinton’s clinching of the nomination wasn’t unexpected, but the timing of the AP’s decision was earlier than anticipated. Clinton was widely expected to reach the 2,383 threshold on Tuesday, when six states hold their nominating contests on one of the final primary nights of the race.

Well, it takes the wind out of the sails of the cable coverage tonight, and it runs the risk of telling a few million voters “why bother?” in the six other states that are holding primaries today.  But there are other races on the ballot, and Republicans have been exercising their franchise since Donald Trump clinched the GOP nomination three weeks ago.

So if you’re in California or any of the other states that are voting today, go vote.

That said, let this sink in: for the first time in the history of this country, a major party has nominated a woman as a candidate for President of the United States.  And she has a very good chance of winning.