LIVE: Hillary Clinton claims Democratic nomination, Bernie says fight will continue

US elections live updates: Six states across the country are voting and these are considered crucial for both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2016 2:09:26 pm
clinton_sanders_759 Hillary Clinton (left) and Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton today claimed the Democratic presidential nomination after decisive victories in the New Jersey and New Mexico primaries, creating history by becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party in the race to the White House.

“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,” Clinton, 68, told her supporters at her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.

US President Barack Obama congratulated Clinton for securing the 2,383 delegates necessary to clinch the Democratic party’s presidential nominee.

Obama called both Clinton and her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders to applaud them for “running inspiring campaigns that energised Democrats.” The President will meet Sanders at the White House tomorrow at the Vermont senator’s request, the statement said.

LIVE UPDATES

11:15 am (IST): We will not allow Trump to become the president of this country: Sanders

I am good in arithmetic and I know the fight ahead is steep: Sanders

Next week, we continue the primary fight in Washington DC: Sanders

I congratulated Secretary Clinton on her victories tonight: Sanders

The fight continues: Sanders

11:10 am (IST): Bernie Sanders is preparing to speak now.

Let me thank all of you for being part of the political revolution: Sanders

I want to thank the tens of thousands of volunteers here in the state of California: Sanders

9:30 am (IST): Obama congratulates Clinton on winning Democratic nomination, AFP reports. He is also likely to meet with Bernie Sanders on Thursday.

9:15 am (IST): CNN is still reporting that Clinton doing very well in the early leads in California.

8:40 am (IST): Early leads from the big state of California show Clinton ahead of Sanders.

8:30 am: (IST) The poll numbers from California are yet to arrive. This is the biggest prize of the night and if Sanders beats Clinton here, it will be a huge dent for the latter in spite of her insurmountable delegate lead.

8:21 am (IST): Clinton is projected to win the New Mexico primary, CNN reports.

She is also ahead of Sanders in both Montana and South Dakota.

8:08 am (IST): The end of the primaries are the start of the work we are called to do: Clinton

God bless you and God bless America: Clinton

8:00 am (IST): Trump wants to win by stoking fear in people’s minds: Clinton

He has abused his primaries opponents and their families: Clinton

To be great, we can’t be small: Clinton

We are a big-hearted, fair-minded country: Clinton

We are stronger when we work together with our allies in the world: Clinton

We are stronger when every family/community knows they are not on their own: Clinton

My mother was my rock right from the day I was born to the day she left us: Clinton

I wish my mother was here tonight: Clinton

Join our campaign, help us organize in all 50 states: Clinton

7:58 am (IST): Bridges are better than walls: Clinton

Trump is temperamentally unfit to become President: Clinton

7:57 am (IST): This has been a hard-fought campaign. We have to start working together for a stronger America: Clinton

As we move forward, let’s remember all that unites us: Clinton

7:50 am (IST): Clinton begins her address in Brooklyn.

For the first time, a woman will be nominated by a major party for President: Clinton

7:40  am (IST): The US national anthem has been sung and raucous crowds are waiting for Clinton to appear and make her address.

7:33 am: (IST): Clinton has posted a couple of tweets so far, supremely confident of her nomination for President. Have a look.

7:28 am: (IST): Clinton still has a good lead in New Mexico over her rival Sanders.

7:26 am: (IST): While all the focus is on Clinton right now, don’t forget there are Republican primaries going on as well in the six states. Donald Trump, who is considered to be the presumptive nominee for his party, has won three of the contests – New Jersey, South Dakota and New Mexico.

Remember, this is not much of a surprise given Trump has no competition at all.

7:18 am (IST): Supporters of Clinton are waiting for her to speak after her win in New Jersey.

7:15 am (IST): Good news for Bernie Sanders from North Dakota — he has won the caucus there.

7:05 am (IST): Trump has won New Jersey.

7:00 am (IST): Hillary Clinton is doing well. She has emerged the winner in the New Jersey primary.

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