It's Official: Hillary Clinton Wins The Democratic Presidential Nomination

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What was supposed to be an all-important California primary tomorrow just became moot moments ago, when in a surprising announcement, AP just called the race for Hillary who according to the newswire's calculations has earned enough delegates to become the presumptive Democratic nominee, making her the first woman ever to win a major party nomination.

The full, and "perfectly timed" story from AP:

Striding into history, Hillary Clinton will become the first woman to top the presidential ticket of a major U.S. political party, capturing commitments Monday from the number of delegates needed to become the Democrats' presumptive nominee.


The victory arrived nearly eight years to the day after she conceded her first White House campaign to Barack Obama. Back then, she famously noted her inability to "shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling."


Campaigning this time as the loyal successor to the nation's first black president, Clinton held off a surprisingly strong challenge from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. He mobilized millions with a fervently liberal message and his insurgent candidacy revealed a deep level of national frustration with politics-as-usual, even among Democrats who have controlled the White House since 2009.


Clinton, the former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady, reached the 2,383 delegates needed to become the presumptive Democratic nominee on Monday with a decisive weekend victory in Puerto Rico and a burst of last-minute support from superdelegates. Those are party officials and officeholders, many of them eager to wrap up the primary amid preference polls showing her in a tightening race with presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.


Clinton has 1,812 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses. She also has the support of 571 superdelegates, according to an Associated Press count.


The AP surveyed all 714 superdelegates repeatedly in the past seven months, and only 95 remain publicly uncommitted.


While superdelegates will not formally cast their votes for Clinton until the party's July convention in Philadelphia, all those counted in her tally have unequivocally told the AP they will do so.


"We really need to bring a close to this primary process and get on to defeating Donald Trump," said Nancy Worley, a superdelegate who chairs Alabama's Democratic Party and provided one of the last endorsements to put Clinton over the top.


Clinton outpaced Sanders in winning new superdelegate endorsements even after his string of primary and caucus wins in May. Following the results in Puerto Rico, it is no longer possible for Sanders to reach the 2,383 needed to win the nomination based on the remaining available pledged delegates and uncommitted superdelegates.


Sanders said this past weekend he plans to fight on until the convention, promising to make the case to superdelegates that he is better positioned to beat Trump in November. Superdelegates can change their minds. But since the start of the AP's survey in late 2015, no superdelegates have switched from supporting Clinton to backing Sanders.


Indeed, Clinton's victory is broadly decisive. She leads Sanders by more than 3 million cast votes, by 291 pledged delegates and by 523 superdelegates. She won 29 caucuses and primaries to his 21 victories.


That's a far bigger margin than Obama had in 2008, when he led Clinton by 131 pledged delegates and 105 superdelegates at the point he clinched the nomination.


Echoing the sentiments of California Gov. Jerry Brown, who overcame a decades-long rivalry with the Clinton family to endorse her last week, many superdelegates expressed a desire to close ranks around a nominee who could defeat Trump in November.


"It's time to stand behind our presumptive candidate," said Michael Brown, one of two superdelegates from the District of Columbia who came forward in the past week to back Clinton before the city's June 14 primary. "We shouldn't be acting like we are undecided when the people of America have spoken."


Though she marched into her second presidential primary campaign as an overwhelming favorite, Clinton could not shake Sanders until its final days. He campaigned aggressively in California ahead of the state's Tuesday election, unwilling to exit a race Clinton stood on the cusp of winning.


Beyond winning over millions of Sanders supporters who vow to remain loyal to the self-described democratic socialist, Clinton faces challenges as she turns toward November, including criticism of her decision to use a private email server run from her New York home while serving as secretary of state. Her deep unpopularity among Republicans has pushed many leery of Trump to nevertheless embrace his campaign.


"This to me is about saving the country and preventing a third progressive, liberal term, which is what a Clinton presidency would do," House Speaker Paul Ryan told the AP last week after he finally endorsed Trump, weeks after the New Yorker clinched the GOP nomination.


Yet Clinton showed no signs of limping into the general election as she approached the milestone, leaving Sanders behind and focusing on lacerating Trump. She said electing the billionaire businessman, who has spent months hitting her and her husband with bitingly personal attacks, would be a "historic mistake."


"He is not just unprepared. He is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility," Clinton said last week in a speech that was striking in its forcefulness, previewing a brutal five-month general election campaign to come.


Even without the nomination, Sanders can claim ideological victory. His liberal positions pushed the issue of income inequality into the spotlight and drove Clinton to the left on issues such as trade, Wall Street and campaign finance reform.


But she prevailed, in part, by claiming much of the coalition that boosted Obama. She won overwhelming support from women and minorities, catapulting her to decisive victories in diverse, delegate-rich states such as New York and Texas.


When Clinton launched her campaign last April, she did so largely unopposed, having scared off more formidable challengers by locking down much of the party's organizational and fundraising infrastructure. Vice President Joe Biden, seen as her most threatening rival, opted not to run in October.


Of the four opponents who did take her on, Sanders was the only one who emerged to provide a serious challenge. He caught fire among young voters and independents, his campaign gaining momentum from a narrow loss in Iowa in February and a commanding victory in New Hampshire. His ability to raise vast sums of money online gave him the resources to continue into the spring.


But Clinton vowed not to repeat the failings of her 2008 campaign and focused early on winning delegates, hiring help from Obama's old team before launching her campaign. They pushed superdelegates into making early commitments and held campaign appearances in areas where they could win the most pledged delegates.


Her victory in Nevada in late February diminished concerns from allies about her campaign operation. Decisive wins in Southern states on Super Tuesday and a sweep of March 15 contests gave her a significant delegate lead, which became insurmountable by the end of April after big victories in New York and in the Northeast.


She now moves on to face Trump, whose ascent to the top of the Republican Party few expected. The brash real estate mogul and reality TV star has long since turned his attention from primary foes to Clinton, debuting a nickname — "Crooked Hillary" — and arguing she belongs in jail for her email setup.


After a long primary campaign, Clinton said this past weekend in California she was ready to accept his challenge.


"We're judged by our words and our deeds, not our race, not our ethnicity, not our religion," she said Saturday in Oxnard, California. "So it is time to judge Donald Trump by his words and his deeds. And I believe that his words and his deeds disqualify him from being president of the United States."

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And just because good news never travels alone:


Understandably, Bernie Sanders is unhappy with this oddly timed announcement, less than a full day before the critical CA primary...


... but, well, Bernie should have delivered more speeches to Goldman Sachs.

And just like that all that planning (and funding) to obtain those much needed superdelegates has paid off.

The memo to Californians: don't even bother showing up tomorrow.  The only question left now is how will Bernie's volatile supporters react.

And now, it's time for the show we've all been waiting for...


... and the jokes too.

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HedgeAccordingly's picture

Charlie Murphy is extatic. -Cosby

ShortTheUS's picture

The AP couldn't even wait until tomorrow night. What a sham.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) ShortTheUS Jun 6, 2016 7:47 PM

LOL.  The AP says, "Up Yours" to the California voters.  I wonder who they are rooting for? 

santafe's picture
santafe (not verified) The Saint Jun 6, 2016 7:48 PM

It's simple logic actually.

Hillary = Establishment
Trump = Hired Clown

Result: Hillary, POTUS.

TeamDepends's picture

Bernouts Bernouts
Whatch gon' do now that Hil is through?
Bernouts Bernouts

NoDebt's picture

Anybody still think she's getting indicted?  Not a fucking chance in the world of that happening now.

AVmaster's picture

Now in a couple of months it will say "Trump wins the presidency and hope is restored, thank god..."


Victor von Doom's picture

Bets? You still think you have an actual vote?

That's why I keep coming back to ZH - not only is it excellent news feed - you get comedy as well.

Hillary was made President before the race even started.

jeff montanye's picture

regarding the release date for her emails on the transpacific trade agreement, the most recent comment from the state department indicates that that day may never come.  thirty days hath september, april . . . .


"After initially saying that the requested materials would be made available in April, a U.S. State Department representative "abruptly" told Sirota last week, "Our office was recently informed that the search process has been completed and that the information located from that search is currently being prepared for the review process. The new estimated completion date for your request is November 31, 2016."


Onehundredpercentofnuthin...'s picture

"The new estimated completion date for your request is November 31, 2016."


A date that doesn't even exist, coincidence? I think not.

nofluer's picture

Way back in the day, it was my understanding that the pilgrimage to the owl shrine determined that Obozo got to be presidunk first, then Shrillery would be next. And of course, just after the pilgrimage shrillery started losing primaries until Obummer had enough to get the Dem Nomination. So now it's Hill's turn. We peones have nothing to say about it. Vote? What's that?

PTR's picture

A vote is an illusion to make people trapped in the Matrix think that they actually have a say in political affairs.

Kobe Beef's picture

Hillary, the duly selected President of Puerto Rico.


4freedom78's picture

need keep safe bill's orgy island

Clashfan's picture

As I've been saying ad nauseum, Hitlery's gonna be your next prez. Might as well prepare for that eventuality.

One World Mafia's picture

He's dirty enough to make a comeback in July.  That would only give four months of heightened scrutiny.

RON PAUL 2010 "I'm not a bit surprised the Federal Reserve got to the Senate.  I had expected Bernie Sanders to offer 604 which is the same as 1207, Audit the Fed bill.  And at the last minute he switched it, watered it down, and really it adds nothing.  It's a possibility it even makes the current conditions worse.  This is essentially the bill plus more of the bill we beat in the House Financial Committee, the Mel Watts' bill.  This is so disappointing to me that this happened, especially since for months now I've worked with Bernie on this. It also shows what kind of forces we're up against.  The President doesn't want this, the leadership on Wall Street doesn't want it, the Federal Reserve doesn't want it."

"Bernie Sanders has sold out and sided with [Sen.] Chris Dodd to gut Audit the Fed in the Senate. His 'compromise' is what the administration and banking interests want," Paul wrote on Facebook.

After many years of trying to pass a meaningful Fed audit and increasing grassroots pressure, Paul's bill finally had a good chance of passing the Senate intact.

o r c k's picture

Who controls the electronic votong machines ? There's your winner. Case closed until nuclear winter.

Pinto Currency's picture



Who owns AP?

Are they in favor of HIllary?

Four chan's picture

lol you know who owns them and is in favor of destroying everything about america that makes it strong morally.

Richard Chesler's picture

Evil vs Evil.

Bring it on fuckers...


palmereldritch's picture

The polls in the next month will determine that.

DeadFred's picture

She won't be indicted but she will drop out. The end of July is a long way off and how many people have her emails?

NoDebt's picture

You woudn't care to put a little wager on that, would you?

Dude-dude's picture

Might not be July - having a member of the establishment helps TPTB - it's about msm ratings.  If the two nominees were Trump and Sanders, msm election coverage ratings would drop substantially.  TPTB know when to pull the plug: they're holding the sword of democles over her head with a potential indictment.  If she looks like she's going to lose they'll pull her to preempt a Trump presidency.  In this scenario, She is replaced (quits the race due to a newly discovered health issue, if she doesn't there's always spreading word of a possible indictment from an FBI insider who will wish to remain anonymous, or if tha still doesn't work then actually indicting her.) Then the Dems will dig up a (seemingly reluctant) candidate who is viewed by the public as a moderate, like maybe Jim Kerry, Biden or possibly even tugging Al Gore out of oblivion.  A candidate who will gain the support of those voting Trump simply b/c they do not want to vote Clintons.  I think that's the Plan B if Hitlary starts losing ground against Trump.  Al Gore recently (2 weeeks ago?) revealed in an interview (see that he was approached by the Dems to run for president - assuming he didn't realize that he put his foot in the mouth (i.e. we was approached) why would the Dems need to approach Gore?            

Nexus789's picture

We can now start counting down the days to the end of civilisation. The Russians and Chinese won't have bar of her dumb arsed threats. 

Whoa Dammit's picture

She won the nomination on 6-6-16. Too creepily close to 666. The mark of the Hildabeast.

TahoeBilly2012's picture

Just AP not APX or APZ, that doesn't qualify for Protocols of Zion status as an acronym....

Al Bondiga's picture

I only wish I could up-vote you more for "ass pox."

HowdyDoody's picture

How fitting that Clinton should want to lead the country known as Crooks 'R US.


Richard Chesler's picture

Another Obongo.

Liberal imbeciles deserve such a great candidate.


VonPumperDic's picture




Cunts for a $1000, Alec

McCormick No. 9's picture

Hillary presumptive nominee...

Not so fast...!

new game's picture

not giving two shits about all this cunthillary fuckwade dicksuckerly crap...

Crash Overide's picture




Bitch please...


18 U.S. Code § 2071 - Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally


(a)Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.


(b)Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. As used in this subsection, the term “office” does not include the office held by any person as a retired officer of the Armed Forces of the United States.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

That statute you referenced is for the little people. Once you get to Hillary's level, they don't apply.

Artemis Rand's picture
Artemis Rand (not verified) jbvtme Jun 6, 2016 8:26 PM

Assholes Personified.

A Pimp's love is different's picture

"what the fuck is AP?"


More precisely, AP is owned by Rothschild


If anyone needs to know anything else, well, then, they don't really need to know anything, because clearly, they don't want to know anything...

HowardBeale's picture

That they have chosen to do this prior to California, says they are desperate to stop what would no doubt be a Bernie win; nothing could be more transparent than this. 

Now, will it work to discourage enough Bernie voters from turning out? The risk, of course, is that the Hillary voters, thinking they have it in the bag, and, unfortunately for the DNC, who are, on average, much older and less energetic--and, in fact, much less mobile, due to the decrepitness of their age--will not make the relatively much more taxing effort of getting to the polls and voting. 

Thus, the Clintonostra oligarchy may have just made a classic fatal mistake, similar to the dictum "Never start a land war in Asia"; that being, Don't attempt to cock-block someone who has orders of magnitude more testosterone!

Bob's picture

Yup, there's the question. 

The Democratic Party machine dovetailing its resources with the Clinton machine will, I'm guessing, still be rolling out the busses, vans and so on to get all the blue hairs out to the polls.

Will twitter etc. mobilize the fervent Bernie faithful to overcome this?

Either way, gonna be some very, very pissed off people showing up in Philadelphia in July.  This will make Chicago 68 look like Romper Room, methinks.

ArmedLiberal's picture

Agree, they better be prepared fo "blowback."  Someone defined Karma as, "You don't get away with anything."  This could be enough for me to not vote, or vote for the worst of two vile candidates, but lets see what happens.

Lore's picture

What's astonishing is that anybody, any single intelligent, upstanding, principled, conscientious, free-thinking, freedom-loving American, never mind tens of millions, would even consider her for public office, much less commander-in-chief, after all that she is reported to have done, and all that she is believed to have done. It doesn't reflect well, to say the least!  May posterity judge you fairly. Seriously, is there not one person among a population of 320 million who is more highly qualified and deserving to run this nation?


On the other hand, who am I to talk?  Canada just installed Justin Trudeau.  Justin...  Fucking...  Trudeau.  Good grief...

jeff montanye's picture

to hell with what she is reported or believed to have done.  she is a war criminal on what she boasts she has done.