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Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential primary in California, delivering a devastating blow to rival Bernie Sanders.
The Vermont senator had pinned his hopes of a comeback on a strong finish in California, but the loss in the nation’s largest state is all but certain to hasten the end of his White House campaign.
Donald Trump was declared an early winner of Tuesday’s New Jersey primary, the first of numerous competitions occurring throughout the night. Clinton had an early lead over Sanders in New Jersey, and was declared winner of the state later on in the night.
Trump also was declared victory in California shortly after the state’s polls closed around 8 p.m. PT, with Clinton claiming an early lead over Sanders in the state.
The results come only a day after the Associated Press declared Clinton the presumptive Democratic nominee after securing enough delegates with 1,812 pledged delegates won in primaries and caucuses and the support of 571 superdelegates.
Trump also was the projected winner in Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota’s GOP primaries, multiple outlets reported. On the Democratic side, Clinton also won the contest in South Dakota and New Mexico, while Sanders was declared the winner of Montana and North Dakota’s contests.
Trump gave a somewhat subdued victory speech from New York while using a teleprompter. He attacked the Clintons, but also reached out to Sanders’ supporters, saying “we welcome you with open arms.” Trump also told his supporters and, Republicans in general, he would “never, ever” let them down.
Great victory speech by @realDonaldTrump tonight. Exactly the right approach and perfectly delivered.
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) June 8, 2016
However, Trump appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show not longer after where he continued to talk about the judge for his Trump University case and said Republican politicians upset with the recent remarks he made about the judge should “get over it.”
Trump was then projected to win California. Clinton had an early lead over Sanders in the state as polls closed.
Sanders spoke to a crowd of his supporters in California on Tuesday night, vowing to “fight on” to win next week’s primary in Washington, all the way to the convention in July. “We were considered to be a fringe campaign,” Sanders said, but “over the last year I think that has changed just a little bit.”
Sanders also spoke about Trump in his speech, saying that “the American people, in my view, will never support a candidate whose major theme is bigotry.” But, he added, “our mission is more than just defeating Trump, it is transforming our country.”
Sanders’ supporters argued this week that declaring Clinton the presumptive nominee was, in effect, stifling voter turnout and calling the election before it was over, as the party’s superdelegates do not officially cast their ballots until July. Clinton supporters also worried that the announcement might affect voter turnout, however, with Democrats assuming she had already won.
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/JeMUyYFlzJ
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 8, 2016
Sanders’ campaign responded to the AP’s report about Clinton as the presumptive nominee on Monday night with a statement that read, “It is unfortunate that the media, in a rush to judgment, are ignoring the Democratic National Committee’s clear statement that it is wrong to count the votes of superdelegates before they actually vote at the convention this summer.”
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6:30 p.m. PT: Updated with details from Trump’s speech.
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