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According to the Associated Press’ count of pledged delegates and its survey of unpledged delegates, also known as superdelegates, the former secretary of state has reached the 2,383-delegate threshold necessary to lock the nomination. CBS also announced the call.
Upon being officially nominated at the Democratic National Convention in July, Clinton will be the first woman to be a major party’s presidential nominee.
The news came yesterday on the eve of the final round of primary contests between Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, including primaries in California and New Jersey.
Clinton’s campaign sought to downplay the news, likely to encourage California and New Jersey voters to still head to the polls on Tuesday. While her delegate lead appears secure, a loss to Sanders in either state would end her primary campaign on a low note.
“This is an important milestone, but there are six states that are voting Tuesday, with millions of people heading to the polls, and Hillary Clinton is working to earn every vote,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement. “We look forward to Tuesday night, when Hillary Clinton will clinch not only a win in the popular vote, but also the majority of pledged delegates.”