Hillary Clinton Clinches Democratic Nomination, Says AP

The Associated Press and NBC News have declared Hillary Clinton the winner of the Democratic presidential primary, based on pledged delegates and public commitments from superdelegates.

The Clinton campaign, however, is waiting until California and five other states cast ballots on Tuesday to declare victory.

“We look forward to Tuesday night, when Hillary Clinton will clinch not only a win in the popular vote, but also a majority of the pledged delegates,” campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement.

Clinton was widely expected to reach the 2,383 delegates needed to claim the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s contests. But the AP, which has been running its own delegate count, determined that she has reached that threshold with superdelegates and with her blowout win in Puerto Rico on Sunday.

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