OFF TO THE RACES: Clinton clinches
Almost eight years to the day after abandoning her 2008 bid, Hillary Clinton has made history by becoming the first female nominee of a major party.
The AP lede: "History already in hand, Hillary Clinton will celebrate becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party Tuesday following votes in California, New Jersey and four other states — contests Clinton hopes send her into the general election in strong standing.”
From the New York Times: "Hillary Clinton became the first woman to capture the presidential nomination of one of the country’s major political parties on Monday night, according to an Associated Press survey of Democratic superdelegates, securing enough of them to overcome a bruising challenge from Senator Bernie Sanders and turn to a brutal five-month campaign against Donald J. Trump.”
And from the Washington Post: "A bitter nomination battle that Clinton was once expected to win in a walk ended abruptly late Monday as she claimed exactly the number of delegates needed to secure victory in her contest against Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, according the AP’s latest tally."
Our new NBC News | SurveyMonkey poll shows Clinton with a four point lead over Trump — but third party candidates change the picture.
From the the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, last night: "As Democrats think ahead to November, the way to unify millions of Sanders and Clinton supporters and inspire general election voters is to unite the party behind a truly bold progressive platform… The sooner that Platform Committee members publicly signal they will unify around a bold progressive agenda, the sooner Bernie Sanders and his supporters will know they have achieved the mission of helping to transform the future of America."
Here’s a good look from the New York Times at what to watch for in the six states that vote tonight.
CLINTON: On the day of the California primary, she won Nancy Pelosi’s endorsement.
SANDERS: Bernie Sanders is blaming the media’s “rush to judgment” for yesterday’s call.
From the Washington Post, in Emeryville, CA: "Bernie Sanders had a testy moment with a reporter here Monday when he was asked whether he sees his refusal to cede the Democratic presidential nomination to rival Hillary Clinton as “sexist.”
He struck a less sharp tone, though, when discussing his plans after today’s primaries.
TRUMP: The New York Times notes this isn’t the first time that Trump has complained about a judge.
From POLITICO: "In the first major test of relations with Capitol Hill Republicans since Trump became the party’s nominee, his attacks on federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel are sapping any goodwill he had accumulated in private meetings and phone calls with congressional Republicans. But now that House Speaker Paul Ryan and much of the party have endorsed Trump, Republicans are left with little room to maneuver other than decry his comments and hope people move on.
A new Morning Consult poll shows that Paul Ryan’s endorsement was far from a slam dunk. "Ryan’s endorsement, which was touted as an act to help unify the Republican Party, caused 66 percent of Republicans to say they are more likely to back Trump, but it hurt him with self-identified independents — key players in the presidential election. More than two-fifths of independents (43 percent) said Ryan’s endorsement made them less likely to back Trump, while 29 percent said it made them more likely to back him.”
Ben Sasse’s anti-Trump crusade is making him enemies, POLITICO notes.