WASHINGTON: US Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton inched closer to the party nomination on Saturday, sweeping caucuses in the US Virgin Islands by winning all seven delegates at stake.
Clinton’s count of delegates, now at 2,323, leaves her only 60 short of the 2,383 she needs to clinch the nomination, which she is expected to do next week.
Puerto Rico, with 60 delegates, holds its causus on Sunday and California, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana, with nearly 700 delegates, hold theirs on Tuesday. The US Virgin Islands are a group of islands in the Caribbean that are one of five US territories that cast votes in primaries and caucuses to decide the nominee, even though those residents aren’t eligible to vote in November.
Confident of wrapping up the race to the nomination next week, Clinton has already turned her attention to the November general election in which she faces Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee.
The two have been engaged in an escalating exchange of words in which they have questioned each other’s suitability for the White House in terms that have sometimes pushed the boundaries of civility.
Meanwhile, Clinton’s only rival in the Democratic contest, Bernie Sanders, has said he is determined to stay in the race till the last vote is cast, but he has no realistic chance of being nominated.
With 1,547 delegates, close to 800 short of the 2,383 needed, his only hope — also his stated strategy —is to peel away superdelegates committed to Clinton.