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Clinton wins New Jersey primary, according to projections

Wed, Jun 08, 2016, 09:06 AM
Related image New York, June 8: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday won the primaries held in New Jersey, according to projections by several US media networks.

The data was released one hour after the close of polling stations in New Jersey, one of the six primaries scheduled for Tuesday, a key date to determine the final race for the White House, Efe news reported.

The partial results released so far, with 22 percent of the votes cast, show Clinton garnered 59 percent and her rival Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders 41 percent.

On the Republican side, the victory in New Jersey of real-estate magnate Donald Trump, the only remaining candidate in the race for US presidential November elections, is confirmed.

Meanwhile, according to CNN Politics, Trump is projected to win the California primary, a clean sweep of the five GOP contests without facing any real opposition.

While, Clinton's New Jersey triumph comes one day after she secured the number of delegates necessary for the July convention to be chosen as the party's candidate, according to media calculations.

This data also includes votes from superdelegates or party leaders who are free to vote for Clinton or Sanders, although they have already sided with one of the two.

Clinton on Tuesday embraced her place in the history as the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major political party.

"Thanks to you, we've reached a milestone," Clinton said during a speech in Brooklyn celebrating her status as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

"Tonight's victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible."

She showed an eagerness to take on the New York billionaire Trump in the fall.

Clinton intensified her assault on Trump, laying out a case that his values and rhetoric are incompatible with American principles and that he is "temperamentally unfit" to be President.

"He is not just trying to build a wall between America and Mexico. He is trying to wall of Americans from each other. When he says let's make America great again, that is code for let's take American backwards," she said.

She hit Trump hard for his recent attacks on a judge with Mexican ancestry along with mocking a disabled reporter and "calling women pigs".
Agency: IANS
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