Hillary Clinton Takes California – but Bernie Sanders Remains Defiant After Winning 2 States

Bernie Sanders pledged to stay in the race through next week's primary in Washington, D.C.

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Hillary Clinton reached the 2,383 delegates necessary to secure her party’s nod for the general election on Monday, her victory in California’s elections on Tuesday clinched her spot as the first woman to be named the presumptive presidential nominee for a major political party.

Six states headed to the polls on Tuesday, with Bernie Sanders winning Montana and North Dakota. California was the state to watch, however, with Clinton’s close victory in the Golden State winning her an additional 257 delegates out of a possible 475, according to the Associated Press.

Clinton celebrated her history-making moment with an enthusiastic crowd at the Duggal Greenhouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Tuesday night.

“Tonight’s victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible,” Clinton said.

“There are still ceilings to break for women and men, for all of us,” she said later. “But don’t let anyone tell you that great things can’t happen in America. Barriers can come down, justice and equality can win. Our history has moved in that direction – slowly at times, but unmistakably thanks to generation of Americans who refused to give up or back down.”

However, Sanders also refuses to give up or back down.

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Sanders spoke before a boisterous crowd of his own in California on Tuesday to announce “the struggle continues.” NBC News reports that Sanders pledged to stay in the race through next week’s primary in Washington, D.C.

“We will continue to fight for every vote and for every delegate we can win,” he said.

However, the New York Times reports Sanders plans to cut about his campaign staff.

Those being laid off will include advance staff members who work on campaign logistics and field members who work to gather votes for the senator.

The White House announced late Tuesday that Sanders will meet with President Barack Obama on Thursday.

According to the statement, President Obama called both Clinton and Sanders and “congratulated both candidates for running inspiring campaigns that have energized Democrats, brought a new generation of Americans into the political process, and shined a spotlight on important policy ideas aimed at making sure our economy and our politics work for everybody, not just those with wealth and power.”

Sanders’ team announced in a statement on Monday that voters shouldn’t count the 74-year-old Vermont senator out yet, as superdelegates won’t cast their official votes for the Democratic party’s nominee until July. Sanders hopes to sway superdelegates to believe he will be the best opponent to take down presumptive Republican party nominee Donald Trump.

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