Forget the “woman card” that a petty Donald Trump mocked her for “playing” weeks ago — Hillary Clinton is about to print up a woman ticket. The Associate Press announced Monday night that, according to its calculations, Clinton has amassed the 2,383 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic party’s presidential nomination. The feat will make her the first woman in U.S. history to lead a presidential ticket for a major political party. The Clinton campaign downplayed the AP calling the race for Clinton on Monday night, noting that there are still contests in several states on what amounts to the 2016 election cycle’s last Super Tuesday. Indeed, during a campaign rally in California, one of the state’s voting on Tuesday, Clinton told her audience she was on the cusp of a “historic” moment.
The decision to directly address the historic nature of a woman winning the nomination of a major political party had quietly disappeared from Clinton’s talking points in recent weeks. A report by the AP noted that Clinton’s camp had avoided emphasizing the “first woman” aspect of her campaign because a study put together by Emily’s List found that “we don’t get anything by reminding them [voters].” Prior to the AP’s call on Monday night, though, Clinton spoke openly about being the first woman nominee while taking questions from reporters, and mused about the history she’s about to make.
“It’s really emotional,” Clinton said, according to NBC News. “And I am someone who has been very touched and really encouraged by the extraordinary conviction that people have.” Discussing the support she’s received from voters, Clinton said, “They have voted for me in great numbers across our country for many reasons, but among those reasons is their belief that having a woman president will make a great statement, a historic statement about what kind of country we are, what we stand for.” She continued, CNN reported, saying that it’s not just women and girls who are showing their passion in supporting her. “Men bring their daughters to meet me and tell me that they are supporting me because of their daughters.” She added, “I think it will make a very big difference for a father or a mother to be able to look at their daughter, just like he can look at their son and say you can be anything that you want to be in this country including president of the United States.”
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