Trump, Clinton win Washington state's presidential primaries

Sen. Bernie Sanders sits for an interview with The Associated Press Monday

Hillary Clinton didn't waste any time in targeting Donald Trump as she began speaking at a Riverside rally Tuesday saying California will send the presumptive Republican presidential nominee a message on June 7.

Last year, Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman pushed to have this year's primary moved to March, but the move, opposed by Democrats, failed to get the two-thirds vote required by the Presidential Primary Date Selection Committee. The Washington Post reports that the Clinton campaign has opened eight offices across the Golden State and is phone banking in seven different languages in an effort to stave off the insurgency started by Sanders.

Now that Trump has secured the presidential nomination for the Republican Party, there's a reduced incentive for Republicans to vote in June.

Trump responded with his usual bluster, instructing security to remove the protesters and mocking their actions by telling them to "Go home to mommy". Overall, Sanders trails Clinton by 271 pledged delegates.

Trump, a political neophyte whose provocative campaign has turned American politics on its head, will be officially installed as the Republican presidential nominee at the party's national nominating convention in Cleveland, Ohio in July.

In this state, the Democrats divided up their delegates way back in March.

Credit: Nick SolariSen. Bernie Sanders has been holding rallies all over California to large crowds, even heading inland to smaller communities that tend to get ignored in favor of the largest cities.

He responded to one demonstrator by asking, "How old is this kid?"

He said he has family members who are split between the two Democratic contenders for president and came here to hear Clinton's pitch. Then he provided his own answer: "Still wearing diapers". Governor Susana Martinez, head of the Republican Governors Association and the nation's only Latina governor, has harshly criticised his remarks on immigrants and attacked his proposal to build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

Sanders held a rally at a convention centre in Anaheim, where he asked supporters, "Anybody here making a living wage from Disney?" Sanders has 1,497. Although Clinton has bested Trump consistently, the race did tighten to under 1 percent twice so far: On Sept. 12, Clinton led by 0.8 percent, and on December 1, she led by just 0.6 percent.

Overall, Mrs Clinton has 2,305 delegates and Mr Sanders has 1,539.

If Sanders loses the nomination, almost a third of his supporters are either undecided, considering voting for a third party candidate, or may sit out the November election altogether, according to a recent YouGov poll.

Four more Washington delegates are still to be decided, potentially boosting the real estate tycoon's total even higher.

Clinton was beating Sanders 54 percent to 46 percent in early returns; however the results don't affect the allocation of delegates.

But Clinton is close to amassing enough delegates to sew up the party nomination.

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