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Thank you, Washington, D.C.!  Not only did she win, she got a huge margin!  Thank you so much, D.C. voters!


We just won Washington, D.C.! Grateful to everyone who voted.

And it’s a SWEEP!  Thank you so much D.C. Voters for coming out! Hillary took all eight wards!  At LEAST 36 delegates!  D.C. rocks!  Way to bring it home BIG for Hillary! Way to make history!



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When the parties on the east coast broke up last night, California was still being counted. No winner was projected, and Bernie Sanders was on a podium in Santa Monica promising to bring the battle to Philadelphia. When Hillary was on her podium in Brooklyn, she thanked him and we cheered,  Bernie’s crowd booed at the mention of her name, and we have yet to hear those three words from him, “Don’t do that.”  It was clear the event had been scheduled for a time when he expected to be giving a victory speech,  But the ballots in California were still being counted … and Hillary was ahead.

So just a recap and update:  Hillary won New Jersey early and handily, as everyone here knew last night.  She went on to win New Mexico, South Dakota, and, finally, The Big Enchilada – California.

Here are the updated delegate counts and tally.

June 7, 2016
Winner Candidate Votes Vote % Delegates
Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton 1,940,616 55.83 % 260 / 546
Bernie Sanders 1,502,043 43.21 % 188
3,475,756 votes, 100% precincts reporting.
Updated: 12:20 PM ET, June 8, 2016
June 7, 2016
Winner Candidate Votes Vote % Delegates
Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders 63,168 51.05 % 11 / 27
Hillary Clinton 55,194 44.61 % 10
123,726 votes, 100% precincts reporting.
Updated: 09:58 AM ET, June 8, 2016
New Jersey
June 7, 2016
Winner Candidate Votes Vote % Delegates
Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton 542,927 63.26 % 73 / 142
Bernie Sanders 315,327 36.74 % 47
858,254 votes, 99.18% precincts reporting.
Updated: 11:50 AM ET, June 8, 2016
New Mexico
June 7, 2016
Winner Candidate Votes Vote % Delegates
Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton 110,491 51.51 % 17 / 43
Bernie Sanders 104,006 48.49 % 14
214,497 votes, 100% precincts reporting.
Updated: 12:33 PM ET, June 8, 2016
North Dakota
June 7, 2016
Winner Candidate Votes Vote % Delegates
Bernie Sanders Bernie Sanders 253 64.21 % 13 / 23
Hillary Clinton 101 25.63 % 5
394 votes, 100% precincts reporting.
Updated: 10:42 PM ET, June 7, 2016
South Dakota
June 7, 2016
Winner Candidate Votes Vote % Delegates
Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton 27,046 51.03 % 10 / 25
Bernie Sanders 25,958 48.97 % 10
53,004 votes, 100% precincts reporting.
Updated: 10:54 AM ET, June 8, 2016

Delegates Tally

Hillary Clinton
2383 delegates to win

Hillary Clinton

Delegates: 2184 Superdelegates: 571
Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Delegates: 1804 Superdelegates: 48

We should bear in mind that the 2383 total includes Superdelegates.  Hillary has gone well above and beyond it.

So!  If, like me, you were waiting for California to pop the champagne cork, go right ahead. Democrats came out for Hillary, and Hillary told us last night how much she appreciates the support.  If you find yourself standing a little taller, sitting a little taller behind the steering wheel or at your desk, smiling a little at odd times, indulge yourself.  We did this. We all did this with Hillary. She is the nominee.

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Early on, I was disappointed that my state was going so late, but by the time I voted yesterday I realized that the last Super Tuesday was the best.  But for all of those great victories yesterday, let’s not lose sight of the bigger picture.  ALL of the primaries and caucuses did this.  ALL of the votes contributed to the totals above. Even in the states where Hillary did not dominate, her support system won her delegates.  Here is a thank you note from Hillary.


Here are some of the front pages from today’s newspapers.

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Now we are in the big pond and have to do this all over again for November.  So tonight, kick off your shoes, pour yourself that bubbly you have been saving, and catch Hillary on CNN with Wolf Blitzer at 6 and with David Muir on ABC at 6:30.

There is one more primary to go next week, and we want big numbers from D.C. But alea jacta est. We have crossed the Rubicon and are in the general election season officially now. Let’s turn out the vote in D.C. next week, and let’s drum it up in all 50 states, again, as Hillary said last night.  Let’s win the big one!




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On the heels of a premature clinch announcement Monday night moving her delegate count to 2384 and with results from Tuesday’s primaries still rolling in, Hillary took the stage in Brooklyn and claimed the Democratic nomination.  Later, President Obama called her and congratulated her on securing the nomination.

Hillary Clinton Speaks on Historic Victory

In remarks tonight at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Hillary Clinton reflected on both the historic nature of her primary victory and the progress it represents for our country. Clinton laid out a vision for how our country and the Democratic party will break down another barrier when it nominates the first woman for president, but reflected on how much more work we have to do to remove the many other barriers holding Americans back, including the divisive, destructive and dangerous vision Donald Trump represents.

Clinton also thanked her supporters and congratulated Senator Sanders and his supporters on the campaign he has run.

Clinton’s remarks, as transcribed >>>>

“[…] one that you have taken with me and I am so grateful to you.  It is wonderful to be back in Brooklyn, here in this […]. And it may be hard to see tonight, but we are all standing under a glass ceiling right now.  But don’t worry, we’re not smashing this one.

Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone – the first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee for president of the United States.

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.  In our country, it started right here in New York, a place called Seneca Falls, in 1848. When a small but determined group of women, and men, came together with the idea that women deserved equal rights, and they set it forth in something called the Declaration of Sentiments, and it was the first time in human history that that kind of declaration occurred.

So we all owe so much to those who came before, and tonight belongs to all of you.

I want to thank all the volunteers, community leaders, the activists, and organizers who supported our campaign in every state and territory. And thanks especially to our friends in New Jersey for such a resounding victory tonight. Thanks for talking to your neighbors, for making contributions.  Your efforts have produced a strong majority of the popular vote, victories in a majority of the contests, and after tonight, a majority of pledged delegates.

I want to thank all the people across our country who have taken the time to talk with me.  I’ve learned a lot about you and I’ve learned about those persistent problems and the unfinished promise of America that you are living with.  So many of you feel like you are out there on your own, that no one has your back.  Well, I do.  I hear you, I see you.

And as your president, I will always have your back. I want to congratulate Senator Sanders for the extraordinary campaign he has run. He has spent his long career in public service fighting for progressive causes and principles, and he’s excited millions of voters, especially young people.  And let there be no mistake: Senator Sanders, his campaign, and the vigorous debate that we’ve had about how to raise incomes, reduce inequality, increase upward mobility have been very good for the Democratic Party and for America.

This has been a hard-fought, deeply-felt campaign.  But whether you supported me, or Senator Sanders, or one of the Republicans, we all need to keep working toward a better, fairer, stronger America.

Now, I know it never feels good to put your heart into a cause or a candidate you believe in – and to come up short.  I know that feeling well. But as we look ahead to the battle that awaits, let’s remember all that unites us.

We all want an economy with more opportunity and less inequality, where Wall Street can never wreck Main Street again.  We all want a government that listens to the people, not the power brokers, which means getting unaccountable money out of politics.  And we all want a society that is tolerant, inclusive, and fair.

We all believe that America succeeds when more people share in our prosperity; when more people have a voice in our political system; when more people can contribute to their communities.  We believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls

It’s a simple but powerful idea.  We believe that we are stronger together.  And the stakes in this election are high.  And the choice is clear.

Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president and commander-in-chief. And he’s not just trying to build a wall between America and Mexico – he’s trying to wall off Americans from each other.  When he says, ‘Let’s make America great again,’ that is code for, ‘Let’s take America backwards.’ Back to a time when opportunity and dignity were reserved for some, not all, promising his supporters an economy he cannot recreate.

We, however, we want to write the next chapter in American greatness, with a 21st century prosperity that lifts everyone who’s been left out and left behind, including those who may not vote for us but who deserve their chance to make a new beginning.

When Donald Trump says a distinguished judge born in Indiana can’t do his job because of his Mexican heritage – or he mocks a reporter with disabilities – or calls women ‘pigs’– it goes against everything we stand for.  Because we want an America where everyone is treated with respect and where their work is valued.

It’s clear that Donald Trump doesn’t believe we are stronger together.  He has abused his primary opponents and their families, attacked the press for asking tough questions, denigrated Muslims and immigrants.  He wants to win by stoking fear and rubbing salt in wounds.  And reminding us daily just how great he is.

Well, we believe we should lift each other up, not tear each other down. We believe we need to give Americans a raise – not complain that hardworking people’s wages are too high.  We believe we need to help young people struggling with student debt – not pile more on to our national debt with giveaways to the super-wealthy. We believe we need to make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century – not insist that climate change is a hoax.

To be great, we can’t be small.  We have to be as big as the values that define America.  And we are a big-hearted, fair-minded country.  We teach our children that this is one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Not just for people who look a certain way or worship a certain way or love a certain way.  For all.  Indivisible.

This election is not, however, about the same old fights between Democrats and Republicans.  This election is different.  It really is about who we are as a nation. It’s about millions of Americans coming together to say:  We are better than this. We won’t let this happen in America.

And if you agree – whether you’re a Democrat, Republican or independent – I hope you’ll join us.

In just a few weeks, we will meet in Philadelphia, which gave birth to our nation – back in that hot summer of 1776.  Those early patriots knew they would all rise or fall together.  Well, today that’s more true than ever.

Our campaign will take this message to every corner of our country.  We’re stronger when our economy works for everyone, not just those at the top, with good-paying jobs and good schools in every ZIP code, and a real commitment to all families and all regions of our nation.

We’re stronger when we work with our allies around the world to keep us safe.  And we are stronger when we respect each other, listen to each other, and act with a sense of common purpose.

We’re stronger when every family in every community knows they’re not on their own, because we are in this together.  It really does ‘take a village’ to raise a child – and to build a stronger future for us all.

I learned this a long time ago, from the biggest influence in my life: my mother.  She was my rock, from the day I was born till the day she left us.  She overcame a childhood marked by abandonment and mistreatment, and somehow managed not to become bitter or broken.  My mother believed that life is about serving others.  And she taught me never to back down from a bully, which, it turns out, was pretty good advice.

This past Saturday would have been her 97th birthday, because she was born on June 4th, 1919.  And some of you may know the significance of that date.  On the very day my mother was born in Chicago, Congress was passing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. That amendment finally gave women the right to vote. And I really wish my mother could be here tonight.  I wish she could see what a wonderful mother Chelsea has become, and could meet our beautiful granddaughter Charlotte. And of course, I wish she could see her daughter become the Democratic Party’s nominee for president of the United States.

So yes, yes, there are still ceilings to break – for women and men, for all of us.  But don’t let anyone tell you that great things can’t happen in America.  Barriers can come down.  Justice and equality can win.  Our history has moved in that direction – slowly at times, but unmistakably – thanks to generations of Americans who refused to give up or back down.

Now you are writing a new chapter of that story.  This campaign is about making sure there are no ceilings – no limits – on any of us.  And this is our moment to come together.

So please, join our campaign.  Volunteer.  Go to hillaryclinton.com.  Contribute what you can. Text Join, J-O-I-N, to 4-7-2-4-6.  Help us organize in all 50 states. Every phone call you make, every door you knock on will move us forward.

Now, I’m going to take a moment later tonight and the days ahead to fully absorb the history we’ve made here. But what I care about most is the history our country has yet to write.  Our children and grandchildren will look back at this time, at the choices we are about to make, the goals we will strive for, the principles we will live by.  And we need to make sure that they can be proud of us.

The end of the primaries is only the beginning of the work we’re called to do.  But if we stand together, we will rise together, because we are stronger together.  Let’s go out and make that case to America.

Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America.”


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By the time she spoke, she was already the projected winner in New Jersey.  In the course of the night, she also won New Mexico and South Dakota.  So!  She has the popular vote, the delegates, and is winning more.  Hillary has the momentum, and her speech was superb!

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Eight years ago, this was not the party Hillary Clinton had in mind.  She shattered the glass and broke hearts.  I did not cry during that speech.  I was incredulous.  I was mad.  I was determined.  Really?  People didn’t see how good she was?  How smart? How organized down to the last detail?

This time people did see. Tonight, as I saw someone tweet, it is raining glass.  I have tears in my eyes now.  It’s been long, It’s been hard. My county is nearly 74% for her and she won my state!  Thank you New Jersey!  Thank you, New Mexico! Thank you!  Hillary is leading hard in South Dakota and Montana!

Eight years ago today.



Tonight, we can say with pride that, in America, there is no barrier too great and no ceiling too high to break.





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With at least four events behind her yesterday, Hillary was radiant at the She’s With Us Concert in Los Angeles last night.  The star-studded event was a fundraiser and the hottest ticket in town.

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It rained, but that did not dampen our spirits. The champagne is chilling. Making history felt very good today!

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Hold your horses!  But do not hold your vote!  When Hillary decides to own this primary, we own it and we win, but not until that moment.

I do not know why AP came out with this massaged total tonight.  But if you are in a final Super Tuesday state, please do NOT take this as  signal not to vote tomorrow!

Every vote counts!  Every delegate counts!

You may have seen this.

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Here is Hillary’s response.


Pay no attention to the men working the curtain!  Do go vote tomorrow.  Do not let this stop you from voting!  New Jersey, California, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota: Absolutely go vote in the morning!

From the campaign:

“This is an important milestone, but there are six states that are voting Tuesday, with millions of people heading to the polls, and Hillary Clinton is working to earn every vote. We look forward to Tuesday night, when Hillary Clinton will clinch not only a win in the popular vote, but also the majority of pledged delegates.”
— Campaign Manager Robby Mook


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Hillary revved up the voters in Lynwood, California today with a ‘Get out the Vote’ event.

Dear California, New Mexico, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota,

Let’s bring her way over the top! Let’s DO this!


New Jersey


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Hillary visited a senior center in Compton, California today and held a press gaggle in the process.  Asked about clinching, she said she wanted to “wait and see where we are after tomorrow.”  She did respond to a question about the history.

Many times she said, she has seen women in tears upon or just after meeting her.  We have seen accounts at the Facebook groups, too, from women who have been to her events and recount breaking down as Hillary left and seeing others around them also weeping.  Hillary is very aware of the history factor. She knows, but she does not want to claim the history prematurely.  That will not stop me from picking up some champagne on the way home from the polls tomorrow.  I have been ready for her to do this for a very long time.

Just one day past one of the saddest anniversaries of my life when I lost my candidate who held so much promise on June 6, 1968, I will see the only candidate who has ever replaced him in my heart clinch the nomination.  Yes, I probably will shed a tear, and I will be ready to toast her and us!  I think Bobby Kennedy will be looking down and smiling. Sláinte!

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On the eighth anniversary of Hillary Clinton’s suspension speech, voters in New Jersey and five western states, including the behemoth, California, will go to the polls.  Given her weekend territorial victories, Hillary is certain to clinch in New Jersey before the western polls close.

Some points to remember:

  1. Every victory above and beyond NJ ensures more delegates for Hillary. So if you are in MT, ND, SD, NM, and CA please vote even if you have heard that she has clinched and even if there are lines. What we learned last night is that the lines in Puerto Rico were due to the Sanders campaign asking to have polling places closed due to a lack of volunteers to monitor the original number of polling locations.  Voters were reassigned to new polling locations causing overloads. If this happens where you are, please stay the course and cast your vote.
  2. Some are saying that undeclared special delegates (Super Ds) may rush to declare perhaps today.  John King at CNN has said that it is unlikely that they will do that before Tuesday so that the voters can bring Hillary over the hump rather than the Super Ds.
  3. It is also important to remember that the target total of delegates, 2383, includes Super Ds.  So when the Sanders campaign posits that she has not reached that number in pledged delegates, it is not pledged delegates alone that comprise that target.
  4. All ballots are not created equal. Access your sample ballot, if it has not been sent to you, via your local board of elections and study it before you go.

Here is a scan of the NJ ballot in my district.  Notice that it is not necessary for Democratic voters to vote separately for the delegates (as it is for Republican voters). Be sure that if you must vote separately for the delegates, you do so. Finally, make sure to vote all the way across for the down-ticket candidates on your ballot.

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Let’s all do a bang-up job for Hillary tomorrow and bring home a huge delegate count for Hillary.  The more delegates she has, the stronger she is for all of us.

Here are a few things you can do even as late as today to help out: donate, volunteer to canvass and to make calls.



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