Hillary Clinton has commitments from the number of delegates needed to become the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee for president, and will be first woman to top the ticket of a major U.S. political party, according to reports from the Associated Press (AP). Wendy Jones, president of Federated Democratic Women of Scioto County (FDWSC), is delighted about Clinton’s momentous victory.
Jones said Clinton should garner the support of Democrats when her Democratic Nominee of the party becomes official.
“When Hillary Clinton becomes the official Democratic Nominee, it is time for Democrats to unite behind her,” Jones said. “Bernie Sanders is a strong leader and he cannot and should not be marginalized. Hillary Clinton must find a way to bring him and his supporters on board. If we are able to do that and unite as one, we will see a victory in November.”
Reportedly, an AP count of pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses, and a survey of party insiders known as superdelegates shows Clinton with the overall support of the required 2,383 delegates. Now the presumptive nominee, she will formally accept her party’s nomination in July at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Kay Reynolds, co-chairman of the Scioto County Republican Party, said Clinton’s Presumptive status did not come as a surprise to her.
“I felt that Hillary had enough votes to secure the nomination, so this doesn’t come as a surprise,” Reynolds said. “I was kind of surprised because I thought that she was going to appoint Elizabeth Warren, so I was surprised when I heard that it was Sherrod Brown, but I knew that Sherrod’s name had been on the shortlist all along, and Ohio is such a huge state for the selection process. It is obviously going to be a very interesting race. This whole election year has been a very different year. I am still quite curious as to what place Bernie Sanders is going to play, along with his supporters.”
When asked if she believed the Republican Party would defeat the Democratic Party, Reynolds said it’s still to early too call.
“A dear friend of mine told me years ago, that in politics, 24 hours is a long time,” Reynolds said. “So it’s a really, really long time until November when so many things happen, but the race is on.”
Hillary Clinton during her recent visit to Ashland, Ky. Clinton has been proclaimed the Presumptive Democratic Nominee, according to the Associated Press.