The 2016 Democratic primary elections have officially ended, confirming Hillary Clinton’s victory. Clinton had already won last week, when she had passed the prophetic threshold of 2,383 delegates, needed for the nomination. Yet, the surprising result in Washington Clinton crowns her presidential campaign.
The Democratic candidate brought home 78.7% of the vote, whereas her opponent, Bernie Sanders got 21.1%. In total, about 60 million Americans went to the polls, a remarkably higher number compared to the primaries of 2008, when voted about 58 million people.
The terrible massacre of Orlando has cast a shadow over Hillary Clinton’s victory and the end of the primaries. It is the worst attack since 11 September 2001 and the celebrations have turned into a heated debate between the Democratic candidate and Donald Trump, the Republican candidate. The two politicians clashed hard on the problem of terrorism and Trump has attacked President Obama and the Democratic Party again for their excessive tolerance on the question of immigration.
“Our goal must be to not let politicians – whether it is Donald Trump or anyone else – divide us,” said Bernie Sanders speaking in front of his headquarters in Washington. While not openly supporting Hillary Clinton, the senator from Vermont has expressed his commitment to prevent Trump from winning the White House and this commitment cannot avoid cooperating with his former rival.
The two Democratic candidates have met in a hotel a few steps away from the White House. It has been a private face-to-face and no official reports have leaked regarding its content, except the declarations made by the two Committees, which confirm Sanders’ and Clinton’s positions: “unity inside the Party and the dangerous threat Donald Trump represents for the nation”.