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Jun 7, 2016

NYT First Draft on Politics - June 7, 2016: Hillary Clinton Reaches Historic mark, A.P. Says, by Amy Chozick and Patrick Healy

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

The New York Times

The New York Times

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Long Beach, Calif., on Monday.
Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Long Beach, Calif., on Monday. Monica Almeida/The New York Times
Hillary Clinton Reaches Historic Mark, A.P. Says
By AMY CHOZICK AND PATRICK HEALY

Hillary Clinton became the first woman to capture the presidential nomination of one of the country’s major political parties on Monday night, according to an Associated Press survey of Democratic superdelegates, securing enough of them to overcome a bruising challenge from Bernie Sanders and turn to a brutal five-month campaign against Donald J. Trump.
In a yearlong nomination fight full of twists, the revelation that Mrs. Clinton had clinched the nomination was another startling development — especially coming on the eve of major primaries in California, New Jersey and other states. Mr. Sanders added to the drama by refusing to accept the A.P. survey and vowing to fight on.
For her part, Mrs. Clinton was ebullient but restrained as she received the news. On Monday night, she shared the breakthrough with a jubilant audience at a campaign stop in Long Beach, Calif.
“I got to tell you, according to the news, we are on the brink of a historic, historic, unprecedented moment, but we still have work to do, don’t we?” Mrs. Clinton said. “We have six elections tomorrow, and we’re going to fight hard for every single vote, especially right here in California.”
Like Barack Obama eight years ago, Mrs. Clinton has apparently clinched the Democratic nomination with the support of hundreds of superdelegates — the party insiders, Democratic officials, members of Congress, major donors and others who help select the nominee. Under Democratic rules, these superdelegates are allowed to back any candidate they wish and can change their allegiance any time before the Democratic National Convention in July.
The A.P. declared Mrs. Clinton the presumptive nominee by reaching out to superdelegates who had not announced which candidate they were supporting, and confirming that enough were backing Mrs. Clinton to get her to the magic number of 2,383.
Mr. Sanders, speaking on Monday night at a rally in San Francisco, did not acknowledge the news that Mrs. Clinton had clinched the nomination, and vowed to continue his candidacy to the convention. But he also made clear that Tuesday’s vote was make-or-break for his campaign.
Tomorrow is the most important primary in the whole Democratic nominating process; we are going to win here in California,” Mr. Sanders said.

Donald Trump at a campaign rally in San Jose, Calif., on Thursday.
Damon Winter/The New York Times
By PATRICK HEALY, MAGGIE HABERMAN AND JONATHAN MARTIN
A report that Mr. Trump urged his supporters to defend his criticisms of a judge’s Mexican heritage, and then rebuked his staff for having suggested otherwise, gave his rivals added ammunition.
Unlike most people involved in lawsuits, Donald J. Trump can be hostile toward judges.
Damon Winter/The New York Times
By MICHAEL BARBARO AND MEGAN TWOHEY
Unlike most plaintiffs, who try to curry the favor of judges, Mr. Trump can turn publicly hostile toward them, assailing their motives, biography and professionalism.

  President Obama last week in Elkhart, Ind., where he laid out an argument against the Republican economic agenda and, without naming him, an indictment of the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump.
Zach Gibson/The New York Times
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS AND MICHAEL D. SHEAR
Advisers say President Obama, who sees a Democratic successor as critical to his legacy, is impatient to begin campaigning and is taking nothing for granted.
On Monday, Hillary Clinton appeared with two California congresswomen, Karen Bass, left, and Maxine Waters. Both are superdelegates.
Monica Almeida/The New York Times
The 2016 Race
By NATE COHN
The news was a welcome lift for the Clinton team, but her campaign also seemed eager to ensure that victory is not tainted by a perception that the race was determined by party elites
Donald Trump Says He Broke Glass Ceiling for Women in Construction Industry
By MAGGIE HABERMAN
“My relationship, I think, is going to end up being very good with women,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with Bill O’Reilly on Fox News.

By CARL HULSE
A number of competitive congressional primaries will be taking place on Tuesday alongside the Democratic presidential contests.

By ALEXANDER BURNS
Alex Castellanos argued in a confidential memo last year that it would be perilous to give Mr. Trump the power to start a global war.
 
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