Clinton’s historic victory pits her against Donald Trump in a general election showdown.
Hillary Clinton shattered the “highest, hardest glass ceiling” on June 7, leaping into the history books as the first woman to secure a major party’s nomination for president.
Her achievement came after convincing victories in the California, New Jersey, and New Mexico primaries. Democratic rival Bernie Sanders claimed victory in Montana and North Dakota, but the wins were more symbolic than impactful to the race, as Clinton leads him by more than 350 pledged delegates.
After the delegates were distributed, Clinton had a commanding total of 2,777 delegates to Sanders’ 1,876, a figure that includes superdelegates. The former secretary of state easily surpassed the requisite 2,383 delegates needed to clinch her party’s nomination.
Clinton used her victory speech as a plea to unify her party in opposition to Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee.
“Whether you supported me or Sen. Sanders or one of the Republicans, we all need to keep working toward a better, fairer, stronger America,” Clinton said in her speech. “We believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls.”
Clinton drew a contrast between herself and Trump, portraying herself as a champion for women, minority groups, and small businesses while painting the real estate mogul as divisive and “temperamentally unfit” to be president, according to CNN.
Clinton supports raising the federal minimum wage to $12, and she has also vowed to fight for paid family leave and expansions of Obamacare. This is in stark opposition to Trump, who plans to repeal Obamacare, and he has not made his position on the minimum wage debate fully clear.
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