Clinton Takes California, 3 Others; Sanders Wins 2

It was the last big night of the primary season
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2016 7:07 PM CDT
Updated Jun 8, 2016 5:27 AM CDT
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Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally Monday in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/John Locher)

Hillary Clinton has won the big prize in Tuesday's voting, California, though the news comes hours after she'd already declared herself the Democratic nominee. CNN and NBC News called the state for her early Wednesday. Earlier, she won in New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota, while Sanders scored wins in the North Dakota caucuses and the Montana primary. Clinton had 56% of the vote in California with 91% of returns in; she took more than 60% of the vote in New Jersey, and Sanders had 64% in North Dakota, with victories in other states more finely balanced. Clinton addressed her supporters in celebratory fashion Tuesday night, while Sanders, speaking before the California results, promised to continue fighting to the convention. He plans to visit Washington, DC, which votes next week, on Thursday.

Sanders' campaign disputes the idea of counting any superdelegates in Clinton's total—which is how the AP put her over the magic number—because they don't vote until the convention. Sanders himself tells NBC News that he was "disappointed" in the decision by AP to go with its "Clinton clinches" story Monday night. "They got on the phone as I understand it, and started hounding superdelegates to tell them in an anonymous way who they were voting for," he says, per the AP. "The night before the largest primary, biggest primary in the whole process, they make this announcement. So I was really disappointed in what the AP did." (Read more Hillary Clinton 2016 stories.)

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