WASHINGTON: Democratic party front-runner Hillary Clinton won Puerto Rico’s primary
on Sunday, putting her on a trajectory to claim the party's
presidential nomination on Tuesday.
At the time the race was
called, she had 64 per cent of the vote to 34 per cent of the vote for
rival Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Now, Clinton needs 30 more delegates of the 2,383 needed to secure the nomination, Politico reported.
is closing in on a historic nomination as the first female presidential
nominee with one more round of states -- California, New Jersey, New
Mexico, South Dakota and Montana -- set to vote on Tuesday.
Her nomination would become official during July's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
far, Clinton has clinched a total of 2,354 votes (superdelegates: 547,
pledged: 1,807) and Sanders has garnered 1,561 (superdelegates: 46,
Neither candidate campaigned extensively in
Puerto Rico, instead they are focusing more on resources and campaign
events in California with its 546 delegates.
Clinton, who won the
territory by a landslide margin in 2008 over then senator Barack Obama,
was the heavy favourite to win the territory's primary.
two terms as senator from New York - the state with the largest
population of Puerto Rican Americans - she gained a strong degree of
familiarity with the island. Those relationships helped her build strong
institutional support from top Puerto Rico Democrats, including
Governor Alejandro Padilla.
Clinton's Puerto Rico victory follows her win in the US Virgin Islands caucuses on Saturday.