The presidential primaries on Tuesday helped secure Hillary Clinton enough delegates to win the Democratic nomination.
After winning the California, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota primaries, more delegates were added to her total and she gained the majority of delegates. Clinton won the largest states: Texas, Florida, New York and on Tuesday, she won California. Clinton won 15.5 million votes, compared with 11.9 million from Sanders.
Having enough delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, Clinton has become the first woman to lead a major American political party. After Clinton unofficially secured the nomination, the #ImWithHer hashtag began trending as people credited Clinton’s historic achievement on social media.
Although Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee, Senator Bernie Sanders has said he plans to stay in the race. During her speech on Tuesday, Clinton praised Sanders for his campaign, but attacked Donald Trump, presumptive Republican nominee and her likely rival in the general election.
“Tonight’s victory is not about one person,” Clinton said in Brooklyn, eight years to the day after she ended her first presidential campaign, “It belongs to the generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible.”