Thursday, September 29, 2016

US Elections 2016: Hillary Clinton Defeats Bernie Sanders, Wins Puerto Rico’s Democratic Primary

US Elections 2016: Hillary Clinton Defeats Bernie Sanders, Wins Puerto Rico’s Democratic Primary

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Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic Primary of Puerto Rico, which has drawn her closer to winning her party’s nomination.

The Associate Press stated that on Sunday Clinton led Bernie Sanders by a wide margin. On Saturday, Clinton won the US Virgin Islands. However, she was not expected to win all 60 delegates on Sunday, which would have placed her ahead of Bernie Senders in the nomination battle. Clinton now needs less than 30 delegates to reach the 2,383 required to win the White House nomination, reported CBS News.

As Puerto Rico Primary result was coming out slowly, Clinton led Sanders by a 2-to-1 margin. By Sunday evening, Clinton tweeted, “We just won Puerto Rico! ¡Gracias a la Isla del Encanto por esta victoria!

Although, Porto Rican residents cannot vote in the general election the island’s politics might resonate in the fall campaign. Thousands of the people from the island left it because of its economic crisis. Both Sanders and Clinton have pledged to help with the Puerto Rican government’s public debt of $95million (US$70 million) which the governor said is not payable, US Today Stated.

Notably, Governor Alejandro Padilla endorsed Clinton on Wednesday. He also called her the best candidate to help the government in the economic crisis it is facing.

Recently, Sanders criticized Clinton on CNN’s “State of the Union” by saying that he was bothered by the possible conflict of interest in Clinton foundation’s acceptance of gifts from foreign governments when she was the secretary of state.

Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is focusing on party unity and said that she expects  Sanders to do the same.

Clinton in “State of the Union” said, “After Tuesday, I’m going to do everything I can to reach out, to try to unify the Democratic Party, and I expect Sen. Sanders to do the same.”

“And we will come together and be prepared to go to the convention in a unified way, to make our case, to leave the convention, to go into the general election to defeat Donald Trump,” she further added.

  • Susan Grove Jacobson

    This is not true reporting. Hillary needs 600 pledged delegates to earn the nomination, the super delegates do not vote for either her or Sanders until the democratic national convention in Philadelphia in July. It will be a contested convention.