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OFF TO THE RACES: Hillary’s Big Night
NBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald on what happens next: "Hillary Clinton will win the California primary, NBC News projected early Wednesday. The projected victory will be the icing on the cake to a historic 24 hours that saw Clinton become the first female candidate on a major party's presidential ticket. It also will deal another blow to Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has refused to bow out of the Democratic contest. Now, the 2016 race will begin to move very quickly for Clinton's presidential campaign as the machinery of the Democratic Party's full arsenal marshals itself to prepare for battle against Donald Trump. “
From the Washington Post: "The competition between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders enters an urgent new phase Wednesday — a delicate minuet that Clinton and leading Democrats hope will soothe tensions and move their divided party toward enthusiastic unification behind the presumptive presidential nominee. If all goes well, the Democrats will arrive at their convention in Philadelphia in late July with Sanders fully supportive of Clinton and his millions of fervent followers ready to become foot soldiers in the race against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. But all that presupposes that Clinton and the senator from Vermont can quickly begin the process of reconciliation. And no Democratic leader thinks that will be an easy task."
President Obama called both Clinton and Sanders Tuesday night, and – at Sanders’ request – he and the Vermont senator will meet at the White House on Thursday.
The New York Times editorial board: "Many in this newest generation of American voters say that they don’t trust her, or that she represents a Washington disconnected from their struggles. They backed Bernie Sanders and his demand that government provide health care, education and opportunity for everyone. Among some of his supporters there will be lingering frustration and a belief that the party’s leaders conspired to deprive them of their choice. This isn’t an accurate or fair assessment, but Mrs. Clinton must address it."
CLINTON: NBC’s Monica Alba on Clinton’s speech: “Hillary Clinton shattered an elusive glass ceiling Tuesday night, making history by clinching the Democratic nomination and becoming the first woman to lead a national ticket of a major political party. Noting that she was standing under a literal "glass ceiling" inside of a greenhouse, Clinton called tonight's achievement "a milestone."
The New York Times lead from Clinton’s speech: “Hillary Clinton claimed the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday night after decisive victories in the New Jersey and New Mexico primaries, and quickly appealed to supporters of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont to unite with her against Donald J. Trump.”
And from the AP: “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 casting herself as the beneficiary of generations who fought for equality.”
And from the Wall Street Journal: “Hillary Clinton declared victory Tuesday night in the Democratic presidential primary race, emerging from a bruising battle as the first woman within striking distance of the Oval Office.”
The Washington Post looks back at how Clinton managed the win by mastering the fundamentals they failed to execute in 2008.
NBC News called the race for Clinton in California early this morning. Here’s the LA Times on her win in the state: “Victories in New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota gave Clinton the delegates she needed to win the nomination on the first ballot at next month’s Democratic National Convention and dispelled the notion she might limp to her party’s coronation. She topped her performance with a surprisingly comfortable victory in California.”
Why did she win in South Dakota even though Sanders won in North Dakota? The Washington Post explains.
SANDERS: POLITICO has an in-depth look at how Sanders managed the major decisions of the waning days of his campaign, including the many that were viewed as harmful in retrospect. “There are many divisions within the Sanders campaign—between the dead-enders and the work-it-out crowds, between the younger aides who think he got off message while the consultants got rich and obsessed with Beltway-style superdelegate math, and between the more experienced staffers who think the kids got way too high on their sense of the difference between a movement and an actual campaign.
But more than any of them, Sanders is himself filled with resentment, on edge, feeling like he gets no respect -- all while holding on in his head to the enticing but remote chance that Clinton may be indicted before the convention.” MORE: “Convinced as Sanders is that he’s realizing his lifelong dream of being the catalyst for remaking American politics—aides say he takes credit for a Harvard Kennedy School study in April showing young people getting more liberal, and he takes personal offense every time Clinton just dismisses the possibility of picking him as her running mate—his guiding principle under attack has basically boiled down to a feeling that multiple aides sum up as: “Screw me? No, screw you.”
He’ll be laying off a major portion of his staff, the New York Times reports.
He’s still planning a rally in Washington D.C.
TRUMP: He was relatively subdued at his rally Tuesday night, reading from remarks and assuring Republicans he understands “the responsibility of the mantle.”
He now says that his comments about Judge Gonzalo Curiel were “misconstrued."
He got his first un-endorsement Tuesday from embattled Sen. Mark Kirk.
Paul Ryan says that Trump’s attacks on a judge with Mexican roots are “racist” but he’s still backing him. Leigh Ann Caldwell reportson how Ryan and other Republicans are reacting to Trump’s comments.
The congresswoman who won his first congressional endorsement lost her primary (although the cake was baked before he got involved in the race.)