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WA Prez Primary: 35 percent turnout, Dem ballots topped GOP

OLYMPIA – The final official tally of Washington’s presidential primary: a record 1.42 million voters, or about 35 percent of those registered, cast ballots in a race where the Republican nomination was settled and the Democratic nomination wouldn’t be affected. That’s a record for a…

In speech to conservatives, McConnell wouldn’t say Trump’s name

In a Friday speech in Washington, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t mention Donald Trump by name to the same group of conservative activists the Republican presidential candidate was scheduled to address hours later.

President Obama backs Clinton, nudges Sanders

Testifying to Hillary Clinton’s grit and experience, President Barack Obama endorsed his former secretary of state’s bid to succeed him on Thursday and urged Democrats to line up behind her. It was all part of a carefully orchestrated pressure campaign aimed at easing Clinton rival Bernie Sanders toward the exit and turning fully to the fight against Republican Donald Trump.

Hillary Clinton wins California primary

Hillary Clinton has won Tuesday night’s Democratic primary in California, according to the Associated Press and news networks. The win hands Clinton the nation’s most populous, delegate-rich state and cements her nomination, which she clinched earlier this week. Clinton had been leading comfortably in the state 62 percent to 37 percent as votes were being counted, though her rival Sen. Bernie Sanders still vowed to “continue the fight” through next week’s primaries in the District of Columbia and the party convention in Philadelphia in July.

Bernie Sanders under pressure to quit as Democrats look to unite

Energized by a final batch of primary victories, Hillary Clinton is setting out on the difficult task of uniting her fractured Democratic Party for the five-month presidential battle with Republican Donald Trump. Fellow Democrats urged Bernie Sanders to end his all-but-hopeless challenge to her, but still tried to give him space to make that difficult decision.

Analysis: Clinton seizes historic role but ready to win ugly against Trump

WASHINGTON – If Hillary Clinton’s best argument for unifying Democrats and winning the White House is Donald Trump, then she picked a good week to clinch the nomination. Clinton’s victory-night speech celebrated her historic accomplishment – becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major U.S. party – with sepia-toned images of feminist pioneers past. But the campaign has made clear it’s ready to win ugly too, with appeals to fear and not just the heart. Enter Trump, who had by far the worst week of his campaign at the very moment the nation saw Clinton reach her milestone.

The Latest: President Barack Obama congratulates Hillary Clinton, calls Bernie Sanders

The Latest on campaign 2016 as California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota vote.

Trump faces backlash as GOP leaders say attacks on judge are racist

A day that could have been another victory lap for Donald Trump veered into more chaos for the new Republican standard-bearer, as he faced unprecedented fury from top party leaders Tuesday and defections from a GOP senator over his racially charged comments calling into question the impartiality of a federal judge because he is of Mexican descent.

Ex-Clinton staffer files immunity agreements under seal

The former aide to Hillary Clinton who set up her private email server confirmed in a court filing Tuesday that the Justice Department had granted him limited immunity from prosecution, but filed copies of the deal under seal and asked a judge to keep them out of public view.

Hillary Clinton claims historic victory in Democratic primary

Claiming her place in history, Hillary Clinton declared victory Tuesday night in her bruising battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party and then immediately taking aim at Republican Donald Trump.

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