A Woman Will Top a Major Party Presidential Ticket – Historic First in the U.S.
On the final “Super Tuesday” of the 2016 election cycle, Hillary Clinton, former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State, won four of the six contests to secure the requisite amount of delegates to earn the title of Presumptive Democratic Nominee. Her most notable victory was in the country’s largest and consistently Democratic leaning state of California. Over the past several months when the inevitable outcome was apparent, Clinton’s Democratic rival Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, vowed to not only win the delegate rich state, but also to use that victory as the basis for continuing his campaign.
As of June 10, California has only reported 73% of results from precincts. However Clinton has amassed a lead nearing half a million. Most polls leading up to the California Primary had the race within the margin of error. The thirteen percent drubbing demonstrates that large screaming crowds at rallies do not translate to votes on Election Day. Sanders proved adept at influencing young voters to get angry and show up for large gatherings. But like every other election, this demographic of eligible voters has proven to be consistently unreliable, with the lowest participation rate.
Third party’s have had the courage and progress to elect women to represent the party as both presidential and vice presidential nominees. In fact, for the third consecutive presidential election the Green Party will be represented by a woman. For the past two cycles Dr. Jill Stein has topped the ticket, while in 2008 Cynthia McKinney represented the Green Party. Despite efforts to advance gender equality in the U.S., women remain substantially underrepresented in elected office nationwide. Neither the Democratic nor Republican Party has ever nominated a woman for president. It is expected that at the Philadelphia Democratic Convention in July, the Democratic Party will ‘break through that glass ceiling’ and formally nominate Hillary Clinton with a combination of Pledged Delegates and party officials known as Super Delegates.
Clinton alluded to her historically monumental accomplishment during her California Primary victory speech in Brooklyn, New York when she said, “Thanks to you we reached a milestone. First time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee… Tonight’s victory is not about one person, it belong to generations of women and men who sacrificed and made this moment possible.”