By Sam Shikora (Political Editor).
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just made history.
After winning 269 out of California’s 475 Democratic Party delegates in its primary, Clinton will move onto the next chapter of the election, as the first woman to ever lead a party’s ticket in the primaries.
As it currently stands, her victory ruled Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders mathematically incapable of winning the Democratic ballot on pledged delegates alone. However, the 74-year-old remains determined, since superdelegates don’t technically cast their ballots until the Democratic Party convention in July.
Sanders is 529 superdelegates short of Clinton’s 577; to say that it would take a miracle for him to secure the nomination is an understatement. It seems as though the closest that he will ever be to the White House would have to involve the off-chance that Clinton selects him to be her running mate. Acknowledging this, he said, “I am pretty good at arithmetic and I know that the fight in front of us in a very, very steep fight.”
He added, “next Tuesday, we continue the fight in the last primary in Washington, D.C. We are going to fight hard to win the primary in Washington, D.C., and then we take our fight for social, economic, racial and environmental justice to Philadelphia.”
Additionally, President Barack Obama and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren expressed their support for Clinton. Obama said, “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office.”
He added, “I want those of you who have been with me since the beginning of this incredible journey to be the first to know that I’m with her. I am fired up. And I can’t wait to get out there and campaign with Hillary.”
“With a current approval rating of around 50 percent, [Obama] is expected to be a powerful surrogate for Hillary Clinton,” says Victoria McGrane of The Boston Globe.
Regarding the significance of Obama’s support, Alan Abramowitz, a political science professor at Emory University says, “presidential elections are always to some extent a referendum on the incumbent president, even when the incumbent is not running.”
Even with the support of prominent Democrats, Clinton will still be fighting a cutthroat battle against the Republican powerhouse Donald Trump.
As expected, the two are already exchanging blows. In a Tweet responding to Obama’s endorsement of Clinton, Trump said, “Obama just endorsed Crooked Hillary. He wants four more years of Obama—but nobody else does!”
Clinton responded with the three words that made national headlines: “Delete your account.”
Referencing her use of a private email server while Secretary of State, Trump responded with, “How long did it take your staff of 823 people to think that up–and where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted?”
Now that both party nominees have essentially been selected, the long and treacherous battle to November begins. As of June 8th, RealClear Politics’s average of major polls nationwide has Clinton polling 3.8% above Trump. It is worth noting that apart from a 3 day period in late May, Clinton has been leading in this poll since its inception last July.
With Trump and Clinton expected to be campaigning against each other at full force, in addition to each party’s nomination conventions, this summer is set to be full of excitement.