Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the Democratic caucus in the Northern Mariana Islands today, adding four committed delegates, reports ABC News. One Mariana superdelegate is already committed to Clinton, while the territory’s remaining four delegates can decide who to support at the Democratic National Convention in July.
Washington, D.C.-based politics blog The Hill reported the breakdown of votes from Saturday’s caucus:
“Clinton won 54 percent of the vote — a total of 102 votes — while rival Bernie Sanders got 34 percent — a total of 65 votes.”
An estimated 50,000 residents of the the U.S. territory, located 130 miles north of Guam in the northern Pacific Ocean, are not eligible to vote in November’s general election, but delegates from the island will attend the July convention, which will be held in Philadelphia.
The Democratic front-runner addressed supporters in St. Louis, Mo., this morning, refusing to mince words about the violence that continues to erupt at campaign events hosted by Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
“If you play with matches, you’re going to start a fire you can’t control,” Clinton said at a local YMCA, according to St. Louis TV station KTVI. “That’s not leadership. That’s political arson. The test of leadership and citizenship is the opposite. If you see bigotry, oppose it. If you see violence, condemn it. And if you see a bully, stand up to him.”
Sanders similarly blasted the violent nationalism that has become characteristic of Trump rallies, speaking to his supporters Friday night in Summit, Illinois, just miles from a Chicago Trump rally that was cancelled after threats of violence caused the billionaire businessman to cede the stage and police to clear the arena.
"What this campaign is about is bringing our people together, not to let Donald Trump or anybody else divide us up,” said Sanders from the stage. "No, we are not going to hate Mexicans. We're not going to hate Muslims. We're not going to insult women. We're not going to insult veterans. We're not going to insult African-Americans. We are going to bring our people together."
To secure the Democratic nomination, a candidate needs 2,382 delegates pledged to support them at the Democratic National Convention, which will be held the week of July 25.
Clinton’s current pledged delegate count stands at 748, according to RealClearPolitics. Sanders, meanwhile, has won 542 committed delegates.
However, as Vox noted, the Democratic nomination process includes more than 700 superdelegates, “who are free to vote for whomever they choose.” The site that aims to explain the news listed the current delegate counts at 770 for Clinton and 551 for Sanders.