Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE will begin campaigning in critical battleground states as she shifts her focus from the Democratic primary to a general election match-up against Republican Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE.
The Clinton campaign on Tuesday announced stops in Ohio next Monday and in Pennsylvania next Tuesday.
The swing states, which feature heated Senate races, will go a long way in determining who wins the White House and which party holds a majority in the upper chamber.
Republican and Democratic presidential candidates have split the last 10 elections in Ohio.
Pennsylvania is more reliably blue in presidential cycles, going to the Democrat in every election since 1992. Still, a Quinnipiac University survey released last month found Clinton only leading Trump by 1 point there.
Meanwhile, Democrats are looking to unseat incumbent Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanEmboldened Trump takes aim at GOP foes Overnight On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — GOP senator: It's 'foolish' to buy Treasury bonds Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken MORE (R-Ohio) and Pat Toomey (R-Penn.), both of whom are seeking reelection to the Senate for the first time.
Clinton’s shift to these battleground states comes less than 24 hours after The Associated Press announced she had accumulated enough unpledged delegates and superdelegates to secure the Democratic presidential nomination at the party’s convention in Philadelphia in July.
Clinton has held off on declaring herself the winner, however. She is expected to do so at a campaign rally in Brooklyn on Tuesday night after polls close in five states, including California, the largest liberal state in the nation.
But Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Democrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' MORE has given no indication that he intends to drop out of the primary race. He has said he will try to flip superdelegates to his side all the way through the convention.