Tuesday’s biggest prize, by far, was California, which offered 475 pledged delegates — nearly twice as many as the other states combined.
1) California (475 delegates): Polls have closed, but a winner has not yet been called.
2) New Jersey (126 delegates): Hillary Clinton has been called the winner.
3) New Mexico (34 delegates): Hillary Clinton has been called the winner.
4) Montana (21 delegates): Bernie Sanders has been called the winner.
5) South Dakota (20 delegates): Hillary Clinton has been called the winner.
6) North Dakota (18 delegates): Bernie Sanders has been called the winner.
But California’s import went far beyond those numbers.
It became, in effect, the last battleground of the grinding Democratic contest, a chance for Clinton to punctuate her climb to the nomination with a capstone victory in the nation’s most populous and diverse state — or for Sanders to raise new doubts about her political durability.
Sanders and his supporters had hoped a California victory would send the senator roaring into the party’s convention in Philadelphia with the momentum to reverse Clinton’s lead in pledged delegates and court enough superdelegates — the party’s unbound free agents — to wrestle the nomination away.
Seizing the nomination from the front-runner at this point would be unprecedented in modern times, something Sanders acknowledged Tuesday night in an interview with NBC before the results had rolled in.
“Defying history is what this campaign is about,” Sanders said, though he was vague about his plans going forward.
Hillary Clinton wins 3 primaries, splits California delegates with Bernie Sanders, to clinch Democratic Presidential nomination.