Hillary Clinton on Wednesday created history by being the first woman from a major political party in the US to clinch the presidential nomination.
She earned this feat by winning the California, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota primaries, but her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders remained defiant.
“Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone, the first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee,” Clinton, 68, told her supporters at her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.
US President Barack Obama congratulated Clinton for securing the 2,383 delegates necessary to clinch the Democratic party’s presidential nominee.
However, Obama did not formally endorse Clinton his former Secretary of State.
“Her historic campaign inspired millions and is an extension of her lifelong fight for middle-class families and children,” PTI quoted White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s statement.
Obama called both Clinton and her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders to applaud them for “running inspiring campaigns that energised Democrats.” The President will meet Sanders at the White House tomorrow at the Vermont senator’s request, the statement said.
Clinton now has 2,497 delegates in her kitty while Sanders has 1,663 delegates.
Clinton was also beating Sanders in early results in California.
However, Sanders, who won in Montana and North Dakota, refused to concede defeat to Clinton, vowing to stay in the Democratic nomination.
“Next Tuesday we continue the fight,” Sanders told a large crowd of cheering supporters gathered in Santa Monica.
“We are going to fight hard to win the primary in Washington, DC, and then we take our fight for social, economic, racial and environmental justice to Philadelphia.”
Sanders, 74, has been facing mounting pressure to drop out of the race amid calls for Democratic party unity.
In the November presidential elections, Clinton would face fellow New Yorker Donald Trump, from the Republican party, whom she said is not fit to lead the country.
If elected in the November general elections, she would be the first ever woman president of the US.
“To every little girl who dreams big: Yes, you can be anything you want even president. Tonight is for you,” Clinton said.
“We cannot let a man who demeans women, attacks people for their race or religion, and traffics in paranoid conspiracy theories take the oath of office,” she said, attacking 69-year-old Trump. .