Former US First Lady Hilary Clinton has been projected to be the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, the Associated Press reports.
The former Secretary of State has reached the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination, according to the AP’s count- leading to the news agency’s declaration of Mrs Clinton as the presumptive nominee.
Clinton has led the race for the Democratic nomination since the beginning, with a lead in both pledged delegates and unpledged- so-called super delegates; party leaders who get to support whoever they want.
The AP total includes both, even though the unpledged delegates do not get to vote until the democratic convention in July. Clinton has 1,812 pledged delegates, coupled with 571 unpledged.
Six states vote tonight, including California, the largest state in the Union. Despite the announcement, her opponent Bernie Sanders is hoping a win in tonight’s primaries can aid him overtake Secretary Clinton in pledged delegates, which would enable him make a case to super delegates to support him over Clinton. Sanders has 1,521 pledged delegates, as well as the support of 48 superdelegates.
Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee, a distinction he has earned since early last month.