Hillary Clinton declares victory but is it too soon?

HILLARY Clinton has declared herself winner of the US Democratic primaries.

A Clinton fundraising email made it clear the presidential hopeful - who was already declared presumptive nominee by Associated Press - believed the race over.

"Tonight, we made history," it said.

"After all our hard work and tough fights - and an unwavering commitment to love, kindness, our country, and each other - we broke one of the highest, hardest glass ceilings in America.

"Together, we secured the Democratic nomination.

"For the first time ever, a woman will be a major party's nominee to become President of the United States."

Clinton made similar, albeit less wordy, announcements on Twitter - even offering to send free "History made" magnets to the first 10,000 people entered their shipping address to her website.

"Tonight, we can say with pride that, in America, there is no barrier too great and no ceiling too high to break," she wrote.

Now she has begun her official victory speech, telling the crowd: "Tonight's victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations."

But is her declaration premature?

In the current primaries, only New Jersey and North Dakota have been declared.

Clinton has taken New Jersey with 63.5% of the vote going Clinton's way after 69.4% of the votes were counted.

But South Dakota, New Mexico, Montana and California - the most important of the current primaries - are still anyone's game.

Democratic underdog Bernie Sanders has won North Dakota with 64.2% and 10 delegates compared to Clinton's six.

Unfortunately for Sanders, the delegate count is a drop in the ocean compared to the 2383 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

Clinton will need to rely on at least a large portion of her 571 super-delegates - party elites who are not beholden to vote the way the public chooses - if her victory declaration is to prove true.

Sanders, who has called himself a socialist, has made no indication he will bow out of the race before the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia from July 25-28.

Just two days ago, Sanders' spokesman Michael Briggs released a statement chastising the media for calling Clinton the Democratic race's inevitable winner too soon.

"It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee's clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of super-delegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer.

"Secretary Clinton does not have and will not have the requisite number of pledged delegates to secure the nomination.

"She will be dependent on super-delegates who do not vote until July 25 and who can change their minds between now and then.

"They include more than 400 super-delegates who endorsed Secretary Clinton 10 months before the first caucuses and primaries and long before any other candidate was in the race."

Sanders has repeatedly said he plans to take his fight all the way to the Convention, where he will campaign with super-delegates to switch their allegiances and back someone who has repeatedly shown in polling to be the Democrats' best chance at winning against Republican nominee Donald Trump. -ARM NEWSDESK

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