Hillary Clinton Secured The Democratic Nomination, Becoming The First Female Nominee For A Major Party

After a hard fought primary battle, Hillary Clinton finally secured the Democratic nomination by reaching the necessary number of delegates Monday night, the Associated Press reports. The former secretary of state of expected to become the presumptive nominee after big primaries Tuesday, but Puerto Rico’s Democratic primary Sunday bumped her over the threshold a day early. Even without passing this milestone, Clinton had already made history, but now she’s unofficially the first female presidential nominee for a major political party.

With the pledged delegates she won in primary elections and the superdelegates who have vowed to back her at the party convention, Clinton now has the needed 2,383 delegates to clinch the nomination. Puerto Rican voters gave her an additional 36 delegates (awarding only 20 to Bernie Sanders) that essentially ended the primary race. Just as with the Republican presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, nothing is 100 percent official until the conventions this summer — but these two are it.

Sanders has vowed to stay in the race right up until the first vote at the Democratic National Convention in July, though Clinton’s already been looking ahead to the general election with full confidence that she’d be the nominee. Now, no one can question that confidence.

Of course, Sanders contends that it’s not over until the delegates actually vote at the convention, writing in a statement released Monday night: “It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgement, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer.” The Vermont senator has been trying to persuade superdelegates to jump ship and join his camp for months though, and none have seemed too eager to do so.

California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, and North Dakota vote Tuesday, and California’s triple digit delegate count was expected to pretty much determine the outcome of the Democratic primary election. Those states will still hold their primaries, just as the Republican party has continued to hold state elections, but there will be much less riding on them. In an attempt to play it cool, as well as not discourage voters in those six states from casting ballots Tuesday, Clinton tweeted, “We’re flattered, @AP, but we’ve got primaries to win. CA, MT, NM, ND, NJ, SD, vote tomorrow!,” after the Associated Press announced her delegate count.

The realization that she would actually be the nominee came almost exactly eight years after she conceded to President Obama in the 2008 election, saying, “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling, thanks to you it’s got about 18 million cracks in it and the light is shining through like never before.” Well, those cracks got it started, and it’s now safe to say it’s been shattered.

For Sanders supporters mourning the loss of their white-haired savior, it was a sad day. However, regardless of any one person’s feelings about Clinton, the nation can celebrate the fact that a woman has made it this far in a presidential election. She may not be your favorite woman, but she is a woman, and she will be the Democratic nominee to take over the Oval Office.