California’s Initial Votes Are In

Results as of 7:15 a.m. EST. This article will be updated as more results are reported.

[DIGEST: Reuters, The Washington Post, The New York Times, LA Times]

With polls now closed in California, Hillary Clinton leads over Bernie Sanders with 56.0 percent of the vote tabulated so far, with 94 percentof precincts reporting.

As expected, taking into account pledged superdelegates, the Clinton campaign clinched the title of presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party before California polls even closed. Yet the Clinton campaign nonetheless fought hard for a win in California. In the week leading up to the primaries, the Clinton campaign had 30 campaign events scheduled in five days.

“I’m going to keep fighting hard here in California and in the other states that are voting on Tuesday because I want to get as strong a vote as I possibly can,” said Clinton.

Credit: Source.
Credit: Source.

A California win foremost helps assuage fears about Clinton’s candidacy, especially in the aftermath of polling showing that Sanders would perform better than Clinton in a race against Trump. Losing California would have added more fuel to the fire for Trump, who has been mocking Clinton for her failure to lock in the nomination sooner.  

Winning California means less time spent by the Clinton campaign alleviating voters’ fears, rather than being able to concentrate fully on presenting a strong campaign against Trump. Trump, who emerged as presumptive nominee weeks ago, has been able to spend the past

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