Clinton Wins 4 States, Including California; Sanders Wins Mont., N.D.

By Susan Jones | June 8, 2016 | 5:14am EDT
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets supporters as she arrives to speak during a presidential primary election night rally, Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

( - In the end, it wasn't close: With 94 percent of the vote counted in California, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads Democrat-Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, 56.0 percent to 43.1 percent.

But it wasn't until daybreak on the East Coast that the race was finally called for Clinton.

Clinton also won Tuesday's contest in New Jersey (63.3 percent to Sanders' 36.7 percent, with 99 percent of the vote counted).

It was a much narrower victory for Clinton in New Mexico (51.5 percent to 48.5 percent with 100 percent of the vote counted); and South Dakota (51.0 percent to 49.0 percent with 100 percent of the vote counted).

Sanders won big in North Dakota (64.2 percent to Clinton's 25.6 percent) and he also easily won Montana (51.1 percent to 44.6 percent).

Clinton declared herself the Democrat Party's nominee, the first woman to go that far in a presidential race. She is the presumptive nominee until the matter is settled later this summer at the Democrat National Convention.

"This campaign is about making sure there are no ceilings, no limits on any of us," Clinton said during a Tuesday night rally in Brooklyn.

Sanders, meanwhile, told his cheering supporters, "The struggle continues."

On the Republican side, where only Donald Trump remains in the presidential race, Trump won California with 75.8 percent of the vote. However, Kasich had 11.2 percent, and Cruz had 8.9 percent (with 80 percent of the vote counted as of early Wednesday morning).

Trump's best showing of the night was in New Jersey (80.6 percent). He won Montana with 73.7 percent of the vote, New Mexico (70.7 percent); and South Dakota with 67.1 percent.

Although it doesn't make any difference, Cruz had relatively second-place strong showings in South Dakota (17.0 percent), New Mexico (13.3 percent) and Montana (9.3 percent).

Kasich took second place in New Jersey (13.3 percent) as well as in California.

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