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    Jun 08, 2016

    Clinton is presumptive nominee for Democrats


    FORMER United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Party's presumptive nominee to run for the White House following the pledge of last-minute support on Monday night from the party's superdelegates.

    These catalysts, who are party officials and office-holders, are eager to wrap up the Democratic primary as preference polls show Mrs Clinton to be in a worrying, tightening race against Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    "If the popular vote is overwhelming and the delegates are very much in her camp, in my opinion, it's kind of crazy not to unify the party and move forward to defeat Donald Trump," superdelegate Nancy Worley, who is chairman of Alabama's Democratic Party, told Agence France-Presse.

    Superdelegates comprise 15 per cent of the delegate voters at the Democratic convention, which will be held late next month, and are entitled to conceal their preference up till the event.

    Following the show of support on Monday, Mrs Clinton has accumulated 1,812 elected delegates and 571 superdelegates, or 2,383 delegates in total, exactly the number needed to win the nomination.

    According to the Fivethirtyeight polling aggregation website, Mrs Clinton is already a confirmed nominee as her remaining challenger Bernie Sanders has to achieve the near-impossible feat of taking at least 70 per cent of the elected delegates up for grabs in the six remaining primaries held yesterday, including one in California, to roughly tie with her in delegate numbers.

    The senator of Vermont can still win if a huge number of superdelegates flip their votes against Mrs Clinton at the convention, but Monday's "coup" seems to have ruled that out, said the website.

    Meanwhile, Mrs Clinton, 68, has mounted a hectic push in California, keen to finish strong and end any argument for Mr Sanders to remain in the race.