Clinton Makes History; Trump Showdown Next

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June 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have both secured enough support to claim the nominations of their respective political parties, major news outlets have said.

Clinton thus became the first woman ever to be the nominee for President for one of the United States's two major political parties.

Trump is the only candidate left standing in a Republican Party race that began more than a year ago with more than a dozen candidates. All but Trump have now either ended or suspended their campaigns, and any sign of one or more of those who have suspended their campaign has long since disappeared. Trump has officially achieved the theoretical support of more than the 1,237 national convention delegates he needs to be named the GOP nominee for the general election in November. Party rules stipulate that delegates are bound to vote for the candidate for whom they are pledged on at least the first ballot at the national convention. Barring any last-minute changes to the rules or a large-scale delegate revolt, Trump will represent the GOP in the fall campaign.

Clinton still counts Bernie Sanders as a challenger, although her delegate count is more than the 2,383 she theoretically needs. Democratic Party rules at the national convention for that party are the same for the Republicans, as far as the first ballot goes. So, as for Trump, Clinton will be the general election nominee for the Democrats, barring any precedent-setting events at the summer convention. Sanders has yet to drop out of the race.

In the June 7 primaries, Trump, as the only candidate left standing, claimed victories in all of the states on offer. On the Democratic side, Sanders won in Montana and North Dakota but Clinton won in all of the other states: New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota, and (the biggest prize) California.

The last primary or caucus takes place on June 14, in the District of Columbia. Then, it's on to the national conventions and, later, the general election. Election Day is November 8.

A complete list of dates for caucuses and primaries is here.

It all leads up to the major party national conventions. The Republican Party convention will be July 18–21 in Cleveland. The Democratic Party convention will be the week of July 25th in Philadelphia.

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