Reactions To Hillary Clinton Securing The Democratic Presidential Nomination Are Mixed
When the news broke Monday night that there is a presumptive Democratic nominee for the 2016 presidential election, reactions to Hillary Clinton securing the Democratic presidential nomination show a mix of reactions, from those overjoyed at the prospect of the first female major party candidate ever to those who feel no announcement or celebration should be made until the convention.
The tenor of the responses was in part a result of the timing of the news. Clinton was expected to be declared the certain winner of the nomination after Tuesday's primaries in California, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, New Jersey, and South Dakota. However, on Monday night, the AP reported that its count of delegates won in the primary plus "party insiders known as superdelegates" showed that Clinton already has the numbers to win the nomination.
Even Clinton's campaign seemed to consider the announcement premature. Speaking at a rally in Long Beach, California when the news broke Monday night, Clinton told the crowd, "We are on the brink of a historic, historic, unprecedented moment, but we still have work to do, don’t we?" according to the New York Times. It is possible that the AP announcement could result in fewer Clinton supporters voting tomorrow because they feel the primaries are over, which could mean less robust returns than Clinton's camp is hoping for. The campaign also has a rally planned in Brooklyn Tuesday night where she was expected to declare presumptive victory.
Clinton's opponent, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has vowed that the race cannot be counted at this point because he will contest the Democratic national convention and persuade Clinton's superdelegates to support him.
After news of the AP count broke, Twitter filled with commentary:
Some Were Purely Supportive
Congratulations, Hillary!!!!! "Hillary Clinton Just Clinched the Democratic Nomination..." https://t.co/tbKZFNMACM— Anne Rice (@AnneRiceAuthor) June 7, 2016
Hillary's winning in:— Sarah Wood (@SarahWoodwriter) June 7, 2016
In other words, no matter how you look at it -- she's winning.
"Hillary Clinton clinches Democratic nomination" pic.twitter.com/6SMytDs4UK— Patrick Karlsson (@Patrickesque) June 7, 2016
I'm in Beverly Hills. Horns are blaring and people cheering for Hillary B— CaliforniaDreamin (@CarlsbadDreamin) June 7, 2016
Some Noted The Historical Significance
Hillary Clinton, the first woman EVER to clinch the nomination of a major party for President!!! You r witnessing history! #ImWithHer— Kim (@kimfrederi) June 7, 2016
Others Protested That It Isn't Over
PLEASE DO NOT decide not to vote because "Hillary Clinton won".— Comerottery (@iaranFC) June 7, 2016
Hillary Clinton did not win. Superdelegates have not voted yet.
Math anyone? @LeeCamp The winner needs 2,383 delegates— D R (@Monstorer) June 7, 2016
Hillary has 1812
Bernie has 1521
813 still available.
Super-delegates vote in July
Supporters Urged Voters To Still Hit The Polls
Hillary Clinton Has Clinched Democratic Nomination, Survey Reports https://t.co/MhHEW1YKJl YAY! But holding breath til tomorrow night. Vote!— Rachel Sklar (@rachelsklar) June 7, 2016
No complacency for Hillary voters! We must still make a statement at the California polls tomorrow! And in every primary...overwhelm them!— Marcy (@mms5048) June 7, 2016
As Did Clinton
As the election moves forward, it remains to be seen whether Sanders' supporters will ultimately rally around Clinton or he will, in fact, contest the convention, in which case Democratic voters may remain divided for a few more months. Either way, as some of Clinton's supporters noted, it is indeed a historic day.