Sanders wins California primary

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) won the California primary on Tuesday night, earning the top spot in the state with the largest number of delegates up for grabs. 

The Associated Press called the race for the Vermont senator shortly after polls closed at 11 p.m. ET. Sanders was largely expected to finish first in the Golden State, with a wide lead in most polls leading up to Super Tuesday.

Though the victory is undoubtedly a big win for Sanders, who is set to take at least a plurality of California’s 415 pledged delegates, it is still unclear how those delegates will be divided among the other contenders.

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Sanders narrowly lost the California primary to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE in 2016 and has since made efforts to boost his standing in the state, particularly among its sizable Hispanic population.

Sanders’s victory in California followed wins in Colorado, Utah and Vermont, while he was also competing with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE in Texas. The Lone Star State, which is still too close to call, hosts the second-largest contest and will appropriate 228 delegates.

The final division of California’s hefty delegate pool may not be clear for several days. The Golden State is notorious for lagging behind other states in officiating its results, in part because of the sheer size of its primary contest.

Sanders expressed confidence that he would take California and win the Democratic nomination as the primary battle emerges as a race between him and Biden. Biden won a spree of Super Tuesday states, including Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia, as well as Minnesota and Massachusetts.

“Tonight, I tell you with absolute confidence, we are going to win the Democratic nomination, and we are going to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of this country,” Sanders told a raucous Vermont crowd before California’s results came in.

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