How Many Delegates Did Hillary Clinton Win In California? The Presumptive Nominee Came Away With A Surprising Amount
Primary season came to a close Tuesday night as the results from the final round of elections poured in, confirming Hillary Clinton as the presumptive nominee for the Democratic party. Clinton inspired strong turnouts in states from coast to coast, none more important than California, the most delegate-rich and electorally significant state to choose its presidential preference on Tuesday. Rival Bernie Sanders gave Clinton a run for her money leading up to the primary, nearly tying with Clinton in preliminary polls. Clinton won 257 delegates in California, while Sanders won 188, according to the New York Times.
The news of Clinton's status as the presumptive nominee wasn't much of a surprise, as the Associated Press stole some of the thunder from the final primaries on Monday night when it published a report declaring Clinton the presumptive nominee thanks to superdelegate commitments. There was significant backlash following the report, because the AP did not adhere to the DNC guidelines to the media not to include superdelegates in those counts and only rely on pledged delegate totals. However, now that Clinton has officially picked up the pledged delegates necessary to trigger the automatic nomination, thanks in large part to her showing in California, the next step is the convention in July.
Although Tuesday night was the last round of primaries for both parties, there is actually still one Democratic primary left — the Washington D.C. primary on June 14. Clinton should dominate the primary, since the voting pool is comprised mainly of political insiders and minorities, both of which generally support Clinton. The former senator and Secretary of State already has the support of 20 out of the district's 26 superdelegates, and all that remains in the primary is the allocation of 20 pledged delegates. That primary should push Clinton even more securely toward the nomination, a welcome sign for the woman who has been fighting for the presidential nomination since 2007.