Hillary Clinton at a rally in Bridgeport before the April primary.
Hillary Clinton at a rally in Bridgeport before the April primary. kyle constable / ctmirror.org

On the eve of contests in six states, the Associated Press declared Hillary Clinton the presumptive Democrat nominee for president Monday night on the basis of her win over the weekend in Puerto Rico and late commitments from superdelegates.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, superdelegates who officially endorsed Clinton a year ago, rushed to offer congratulations to her as the first woman to clinch a major-party nomination for president.

“What an historic night,” Malloy said. “By nominating Secretary Clinton, we’re showing that we are the party of common sense because we are the party of progress. This is a moment to celebrate, but it’s also a moment to remember. This is another step forward, another barrier broken.

“And it comes as Donald Trump wants to put up walls instead of tearing them down. He wants to roll back the clock with a twisted worldview, comprised of despicable rhetoric and backwards policies. He must and will be stopped — the choice before Americans now has, truly, never been starker.”

Malloy and Wyman said the choice of Clinton and Donald J. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, couldn’t be starker.

“I am confident that Democrats will unite behind Hillary Clinton to make sure Donald Trump is never, ever elected,” Wyman said.

Clinton narrowly defeated Bernie Sanders in Connecticut’s presidential primary in April, while Trump won the state’s GOP contest in a landslide.

A survey by Quinnipiac University, the first post-primary poll of the presidential race in Connecticut, will be released Tuesday morning.

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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