Hillary Clinton scripted history on Tuesday by winning California, which means she has clinched the required number of delegates to claim the Democratic party nomination come July. With this, she will become the first woman, in the nation's 240 history to lead the presidential race from a big political party.
Speaking about the victory in Brooklyn, she said that the win wasn't about one person. It was a win for generations of women and men, who had sacrificed and struggled to make this moment a reality.
Ms. Clinton will have to fight Donald Trump now
Ms. Clinton is a deeply influential and divisive figure in American politics. She is the first female senator from New York, the first female Secretary of State in the Obama administration and now, she may soon be the first female President of the United States. But the road to the top easy is not going to be easy for her.
The last time, she ran was President, eight years back, she had to concede defeat to incumbent President Barack Obama. She may have defeated Bernie Sanders now, but now she will have to face the juggernaut of Republic nominee, Donald Trump, who is also a controversial figure.
She has already set the ball rolling by attacking Donald Trump's character, business record and tendency to make bigoted and polarizing statements. Donald Trump has repeatedly used his Twitter handle to make personal attacks on political opponents and journalists who defy him. He hasn't spared Ms. Clinton either, calling her a 'liar' who should not be trusted with top office.
The road to Oval office is not going to be easy for Ms. Clinton
Ms. Clinton has another problem on her hands; that of unifying Democratic party supporters who were previously with Sanders. The Senator from Vermont has already declared that though California has given its verdict, he is not about to give up and will continue the struggle.
He will go to the primary in Washington DC next week. Regardless of the outcome there, he will take his message of racial, environmental, social and economic justice to the Democratic National Convention next month.
President Obama has not conclusively supported either Ms. Clinton or Sanders until now but it not difficult to see that he is going to root for Ms. Clinton, his former Secretary of State. Sanders has requested a meeting with the President on Thursday, which the President has obliged.