Milestone night for Democrat party
Powered by a solid triumph in California, Hillary Clinton declared victory in her year-long battle for the heart of the Democratic party, seizing her place in history and setting out on the difficult task of fusing a fractured party to confront Donald Trump.
Clinton cruised to easy victories in four of the six state contests on Tuesday - including delegate-rich New Jersey.
With each win she further solidified Bernie Sanders’ defeat and dashed his already slim chances of using the last night of state contests to refuel his flagging bid.
The much-needed winning streak allowed Clinton to celebrate her longsought “milestone” - the first woman poised to lead a major political party’s presidential ticket.
Standing before a joyous crowd, the former Secretary of State soaked up the cheers and beamed.
“Barriers can come down. Justice and equality can win,” she said. “This campaign is about making sure there are no ceilings, no limits on any of us. This is our moment to come together.” Sanders vowed to continue his campaign to the very last contest in the District of Columbia on next Tuesday. “The struggle continues,” he said. Sanders is under intense pressure from top Democrats hoping to coax him gently out of the race, win over his voters and turn to the task of challenging Trump. Despite winning GOP contests in California, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and Montana, presumptive nominee Trump was in damage control mode over his race-based attacks on a Hispanic judge that had party leaders in fits. After one senator rescinded his endorsement and House Speaker Paul Ryan called the comments “racist”, Trump sought to calm worries with a rare, scripted victory speech. “I understand the responsibility of carrying the mantle and I will never, ever let you down - too much work, too many people, blood, sweat and tears,” said Trump. “I will make you proud of your party and our movement, and that’s what it is, is a movement.”
VICTORIOUS: Hillary Clinton celebrates