Hillary Clinton Edges Closer To Securing Nominee Status

Hillary Clinton inched closer to being named the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party in the presidential election by winning the primary election in the Virgin Islands, Saturday night.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Photo Credit: Wikipedia – Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Although only seven delegates were up for grabs, by winning, Clinton made sure her rival Sen. Bernie Sanders remained in second place.

Clinton is now only a mere 60 delegates away from the 2,383 majority — including superdelegates — she needs in order to be declared the presumptive Democratic nominee, according to an NBC News count.

NBC also reported that following Clinton’s win on Saturday she has 2,326 delegates — 1,774 pledged and 552 superdelegates.

On the other hand, Sanders has 1,548, including 46 supers and 1,502 pledged.

When Puerto Rico Democrats hold their primary on Sunday, there will be sixty delegates available.

In both island territories, delegates will be awarded proportionally based on the results.

There are six states remaining to hold their primary contests — New Jersey and California will hold their election on Tuesday.

Despite being behind in the delegate count, Sanders has pledged to fight on, perhaps even to the Democratic National Convention.

Sanders still harbors thoughts of clinching the nomination with the hope of a major switch of superdelegates from Clinton to him.

Clinton, however, is confident that Sanders will not get his wish and has been focusing her campaign against the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

Marcia Wright, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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