20 May 2016

Democrat race over, says Clinton

8:31 am on 20 May 2016

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said her primary race against Bernie Sanders is effectively over.

"I will be the nominee for my party," she told CNN in an interview. "That is already done, in effect. There is no way that I won't be."

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton says Bernie Sanders has no chance of being the Democrat's nominee. Photo: AFP

Mr Sanders has come under pressure to bow out since Donald Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee.

But the Vermont Senator has vowed to fight until the party convention.

Mrs Clinton holds a commanding lead in the delegate count.

Democratic leaders are concerned about party unity after a clash between officials and Sanders supporters at a party convention in Nevada over the weekend.

Sanders supporters yelled at party officials and threw chairs. The state's party chairwoman later received death threats.

Senator Minority Leader Harry Reid said Mr Sanders had not done enough to rein in his supporters.

The Sanders campaign has sought to downplay the Nevada incident.

Also in the interview, Mrs Clinton said Mr Trump, her likely general election opponent, is not qualified to be president.

Her reasons included Mr Trump's plan to bar Muslims from travelling to the US, his call to step back from Nato and his negative comments about the UK government, which she called America's "closest ally".

Mrs Clinton called Mr Trump "dangerous" and said he could not be trusted in sensitive national security situations like the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden.

- BBC

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