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Hillary Clinton Says She's The Nominee & It's A Historic Moment To Say The Least

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The 2016 presidential campaign has been a long and arduous one, but on Tuesday night, things inched ever closer to the finish line. Before an emotional crowd inside campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday night, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accepted that she was the Democratic nominee, telling supporters that she owed "so much to those who came before [her]" and that "the night belong[ed] to to [them]." The moment came on the heels of a report by the Associated Press on Monday that claimed Clinton had secured the required number of delegates and pledged superdelegates to take the nomination in an official capacity.

While supporters had been eagerly awaiting Clinton's official nod, the former Secretary herself was quick to remind voters that there was still work to be done and a handful of major primaries to overcome first.

"According to the news, we are on the brink of a historic, unprecedented moment, but we still have work to do, don't we?" Clinton said to a crowd of supporters in Long Beach, California on Monday night. "We have six elections tomorrow, and we're going to fight hard for every single vote — especially here in California."

Of course, despite the tough competition being waged by rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Golden State and a minuscule poll spread of just 2 percentage points according to RealClearPolitics, no one doubted that Clinton would be able to secure the nomination within the week (Sanders has promised to press on to the July convention, no matter what).

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The crowds reacts as they watch montiors waiting for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton during her primary night event at the Duggal Greenhouse, Brooklyn Navy Yard, June, 7, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

On Tuesday night, a visibly relaxed Clinton took to the lectern inside the Brooklyn auditorium to address supporters and finally revel in that victory:

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 7: (L to R) Husband and former president Bill Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton acknowledge the crowd during a primary night rally at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, June 7, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Clinton has secured enough delegates and commitments from superdelegates to become the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee. She will become the first woman in U.S. history to secure the presidential nomination of one of the country's two major political parties. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 7: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a primary night rally at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, June 7, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Clinton has secured enough delegates and commitments from superdelegates to become the Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee. She will become the first woman in U.S. history to secure the presidential nomination of one of the country's two major political parties. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shares a moment on stage with husband, former US president Bill Clinton during her primary night event at the Duggal Greenhouse, Brooklyn Navy Yard, June 7, 2016 in New York. Hillary Clinton hailed a historical 'milestone' for women as she claimed victory over rival Bernie Sanders in the Democratic White House nomination race. 'Thanks to you, we've reached a milestone,' she told cheering supporters at a rally in New York. 'The first time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee.' / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

As Vox so deftly described it following her victory speech, "It’s time to admit Hillary Clinton is an extraordinarily talented politician." Indeed, with all the odds against her, including the recent discord within her own party, she most certainly proved as much on Tuesday night.