Despite Bernie Sanders’ refusal to withdraw his bid for the White House, Hillary Clinton will likely become the Democratic nominee.
Clinton’s victory in the hotly contested California primary strengthens her claim for the nomination. On Wednesday morning, the Associated Press deemed Clinton the victor after she snagged a total of nearly 56 percent of the vote, while Sanders received 43 percent of electoral support from California primary voters.
Clinton also won primary contests in New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota, netting her a total of 2,755 delegates — a cool lead over Sanders’s 1,852. On Tuesday night, the Vermont senator won the Montana and North Dakota primary, and the two victories combined netted him a total of 24 delegates.
After handily beating her opponent in the New Jersey primary, winning a total of 73 of the 126 delegates, Clinton declared herself the presumptive Democratic nominee.
“Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone,” Clinton told the crowd. “First time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee.”
She also took a swipe at Donald Trump — the presumptive GOP nominee.
“Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be the president and commander-in-chief,” she said.
Despite plans to lay off his campaign staff, Sanders has continued to fight for the Democratic nomination, saying he will continue to challenge Clinton in the upcoming Pennsylvania and Washington DC primaries.
“I am pretty good at arithmetic and I know that the fight in front of us is a very, very steep fight, but we will continue to fight for every vote and every delegate that we can get,” Sanders said to a crowd in Santa Monica, California.
President Obama is set to meet with Sanders on Thursday, where a conversation about party unity is reportedly expected to take place.