The Associated Press reported Monday night that Hillary Clinton has secured the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination for president.
The AP tally comes ahead primary elections on Tuesday in six states, including delegate-rich California.
“According to the news, we are on the brink of a historic, historic, unprecedented moment, but we still have work to do,” Clinton said at the start of a Monday rally in Long Beach, Calif., shortly after the AP made the call.
In a statement Monday night, the campaign also cautioned that the results were not a done deal.
“This is an important milestone, but there are six states that are voting Tuesday, with millions of people heading to the polls, and Hillary Clinton is working to earn every vote,” campaign manager Robby Mook said in a statement. “We look forward to Tuesday night, when Hillary Clinton will clinch not only a win in the popular vote, but also the majority of pledged delegates.”
In a response, the rival Democratic campaign of Bernie Sanders said it was wrong to count the superdelegates — party leaders who can choose any candidate — before they actually vote at the Democratic National Convention in July.
“It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, 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 campaign said.