First woman to be presumptive nominee of major political party in U.S.
On Tuesday, June 7, Hillary Clinton won the California, New Jersey and New Mexico primaries. These wins put her with 2,765 delegates (including super delegates), well ahead of the 2,383 delegates required for the nomination at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia this July.
“Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone,” Clinton said in her victory speech. “The first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee for president of the United States.”
Senator Bernie Sanders ran a formidable campaign that has pushed the conversation on economic fairness into the mainstream. He has relentlessly campaigned on increasing social, economic and racial justice, and he has secured millions of supporters.
However, the numbers speak for themselves when it comes to this race for the Democratic nomination between these two candidates. Going into those primaries on June 7, Hillary Clinton had over 13 million votes – a popular vote lead of more than 3 million – and 1809 pledged delegates – a lead over Sanders in pledged delegates of 289 according to the AP. This lead is nearly 3 times larger than President Obama’s pledged delegate lead of 106 when he clinched the nomination in 2008.
The IUPAT endorsed Secretary Clinton in October 2015 in Henderson, Nevada at the IUPAT District Council 15 training center. “As the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton is ready to meet the priorities of the members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades and working families,” said IUPAT General President Kenneth Rigmaiden to a crowd of union members. “She is committed to creating jobs with significant infrastructure investment to rebuild our roads, bridges and highways, and she is ready to advance training programs, like union apprenticeships, to fill those jobs.
“Hillary Clinton’s distinctive experience serving both as a senator and secretary of state is what makes her the clear choice to be our next president.” Rigmaiden continued. “She is the only candidate who, as president, will ably meet the challenges that face a world leader on a daily basis, while still embracing and focusing on the concerns working families have at home, including healthcare, education for our children and fair pay for all. The proud men and women of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades are ready to work every day to elect Hillary Clinton as our next President of the United States.”
It most certainly looks like the field has narrowed to two for Election Day in November. Check with your district council on how you can do your part to put Hillary Clinton, the only pro-working family candidate in the upcoming general election, in the White House and learn more about where she stands on issues important to us at www.HillaryClinton.com.