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’s tally comes ahead of Tuesday night’s six states including California. The AP’s count includes both pledged delegates and super delegates — those who can support whichever candidate they want.
The new tally makes Clinton the first female presidential nominee. The Democratic front-runner was expected to reach clinch the nomination on Tuesday night when California and five other states were up for grabs.
Clinton’s primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is more than 800 delegates short of the nomination and would need to sway a lot of super delegates to his side in order to clinch the nomination. Sanders says he will be able to sway super delegates if he has a major victory in California.
Sen. Sanders has vowed to stay remain in the contest until the convention in Philadelphia this July. At a press conference on Monday, he said he’ll have to “assess” the future of his campaign after Tuesday’s primaries.
President Obama, who has remained neutral in the Democratic primary, is expected to endorse Clinton this week.