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Clinton claims Democratic nomination


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hillary Clinton laid claim to the Democratic Party's presidential nomination and with it, a piece of history Tuesday night, as she became the first woman to lead a major party's bid for the White House.

Speaking in Brooklyn, New York, on a night where she won the New Jersey primary, Clinton told supporters that they were witnessing a historical moment.

"Thanks to you we've reached a milestone. First time in our nation's history that a woman will be a major party's nominee," she said, adding that the victory "belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible."


Hillary Clinton continues to add to her delegate lead for the night, even after losing North Dakota.

Bernie Sanders won that state's caucus, but Clinton's victory in New Jersey is more than canceling out his gains.

For the evening, Clinton so far has won 58 pledged delegates from primaries and caucuses to Sanders' 47.

That means based on primaries and caucuses to date, she has now won 1,870 to Sanders' 1,568.

Her lead is bigger when including superdelegates.

She has 2,441 to Sanders' 1,616.


Bernie Sanders has won the Democratic presidential caucuses in North Dakota.

The senator from Vermont and his rival Hillary Clinton now each claim a win for the night, with four contests yet to be determined.

The Associated Press declared Clinton the presumptive nominee on the eve of Tuesday's election in half a dozen states, but Sanders has vowed to fight on until all the superdelegates are allocated. Clinton leads Sanders both in pledged delegates and superdelegates.


U.S. Rep. George Holding of South Carolina says he still supports Donald Trump, although the presumptive GOP presidential nominee is not in his "good books" at the moment.

At a victory party Tuesday at a Raleigh, S.C. restaurant and bar, Holding reiterated that he still supports Trump even though he endorsed Renee Ellmers in the year's only congressional primary between incumbents.

Holding ousted Ellmers from a redrawn district that includes much of the area that has elected him previously. He also defeated a third GOP challenger, Greg Brannon.

Holding, a former federal prosecutor, also said Trump's comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel were inappropriate. Trump has said Curiel can't be impartial in a case involving Trump because the judge's parents were born in Mexico and Trump wants to build a wall along the border.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is claiming that his likely general election opponent Hillary Clinton "turned the State Department into her own private hedge fund."

Trump said Tuesday that the ex-Secretary of State and her husband "had turned the politics of personal enrichment into an art form for themselves." He accused them of "selling access" and government contracts in order to enrich themselves and suggested Clinton used a private homebrew email server to hide it.

Speaking at a victory rally Tuesday at one of his golf courses in suburban New York City, Trump also said he would be giving a major speech about the Clintons "probably Monday."

Trump spoke a short time before Clinton, now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, was expected to declare victory in her parties' primaries.

Having already clinched the nomination, Hillary Clinton is padding her delegate lead after a win in New Jersey.

With 126 delegates at stake, Clinton will win at least 50. Bernie Sanders will pick up at least 37. Many delegates remain outstanding as votes continue to be counted.

That means based on primaries and caucuses to date, Clinton has 1,862 and Sanders has 1,558.

Her lead is even bigger when including superdelegates, or party officials who can back any candidate.

Clinton has 2,433 to 1,606.

It takes 2,383 to win. Clinton reached that number Monday night, following big wins in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as well as a batch of support from superdelegates.

 New Jersey is among the last six states voting on Tuesday.

Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential primary in New Mexico.

The state marks his third win of the night as he concludes his primary run and look ahead toward the national convention.

His rallies in Albuquerque were marked by violent protests that included local gangs, as well as some pro- and anti-Trump groups.

Some of the anti-Trump protesters waved Mexican flags outside his rally last month, prompting Trump to call them "thugs who were flying the Mexican flag" on Twitter.

Donald Trump has won the Republican presidential primary in South Dakota, scoring a second victory on the final night of the GOP primary season.

Trump claimed a win in New Jersey earlier, walking away with all 51 delegates in the Garden State.

In a speech from his Westchester, N.Y. golf course Tuesday, Trump said he understands he bears "the responsibility of carrying the mantle and I will never ever let you down."

Trump is the only remaining candidate in the race for the Republican nomination.

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