Hillary Clinton celebrates ‘milestone’ victory but Sanders refuses to quit – Paul Lewis in San Francisco, Lauren Gambino in New York and Nicky Woolf in Santa Monica Wednesday 8 June 2016 06.22 EDT


Clinton cements status as presidential nominee with a win in California, but Sanders vows to keep campaign alive all the way to Democratic convention

‘I am so grateful to you’: Clinton declares victory in race for nomination

‘I am so grateful to you’: Clinton declares victory in race for nomination

Hillary Clinton has cemented her status as the Democratic nominee for president with convincing primary wins in California, New Jersey and New Mexico, calling on supporters of her rival, Bernie Sanders, to unite behind her historic candidacy.

But on a night when it became clear that Clinton would secure a majority of pledged delegates, Sanders refused to bow out, telling supporters that their fight would continue to the Democratic National Convention in July.

The senator’s defiant remarks came after Clinton effectively declared victory in her overall battle against Sanders at a rally in New York.

Clinton told supporters that she had “reached a milestone”as the first woman to be a major party’s nominee for president, and immediately framed November’s general election as a contest between two opposing visions of the future.

“He’s not just trying to build a wall between America and Mexico, he’s trying to wall off Americans from each other,” Clinton said, taking aim at the policies and slogans that have become the hallmark of her Republican rival, Donald Trump. “When he says let’s make America great again, that is code for let’s take America backwards.”

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