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primary election boxWith the completion of contests in six states Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was victorious in four states and was allocated a total of 352 delegates, while Bernie Sanders was the winner in one primary and one caucus and was allocated 283 delegates, a difference of 79 delegates.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump easily won five primaries and was allocated a total of 297 delegates.
Clinton was allocated 247 delegates in California, 73 delegates in New Jersey, 10 in Montana, 17 in New Mexico, 5 in the North Dakota caucus and 10 in South Dakota.
Sanders was allocated 188 delegates in California, 47 in New Jersey, 11 in Montana, 14 in New Mexico, 13 in the North Dakota caucus and 10 in South Dakota.
In California, with 1 percent of the vote reported, Clinton started out with 63.2 percent of the vote with 35.3 percent for Sanders; that difference diminished as the night wore on. Clinton was not declared the winner until 5:28 a.m. CT, 7½ hours after the polls closed with 92 percent of the vote reported. At that time Clinton had 56.0 percent, 1,808, 090 votes, and Sanders had 43.0 percent, 1,388,090 votes. Delegates were not allocated until 6:32 a.m. CT, with 94 percent of the vote reported. Clinton had 56.0 percent, and Sanders had 43.1 percent, a difference of 12.9 points. Four hours later, with 96 percent reporting, Clinton had 55.9 percent, 1,848,922, and Sanders had 43.1 percent, 1,424,167 votes, a 12.8 point difference.
By noon Wednesday, with 100 percent reporting, Clinton had 55.8 percent, 1,940,616 votes, and Sanders had 43.2 percent, 1,502,043 votes, a 12.6 point difference.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the independent Target Book, a publication that handicaps congressional and legislative races, called it “probable” that as many as 3 million ballots could remain uncounted by time Tuesday night ended. And traditionally, said the analysts, those ballots tend to have come from Democrats, young and Latino voters.
As of early Wednesday morning, about 5 million ballots had already been counted, but there was no official word on how many remained. State election law gives counties 30 days to finish their canvassing of votes cast. Secretary of State Alex Padilla must receive certified results from each of California’s 58 counties by July 8. He has until July 15 to report the results.
Many of the uncounted ballots are provisional. Others are mail-in ballots not yet counted.
According to the California Secretary of State, under the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, every voter who casts a provisional ballot is entitled to find out from his/her county elections official if the ballot was counted and if not, the reason why it was not counted.
The Los Angeles Times reports Los Angeles County has more than 500,000 ballots left to tally from Tuesday’s primary election. The estimate of uncounted ballots includes 240,063 provisional ballots, 125,280 vote-by-mail ballots dropped off at polling sites and 204,946 ballots that were postmarked by election day.
Some counties are accepting volunteers to help count uncounted ballots.
In New Jersey, with 99 percent of the votes reported, Clinton received 63.3 percent, 542,656 votes, and Sanders received 36.7 percent, 325,194 votes.
In New Mexico, with 100 percent of the vote reported, Clinton received 51.5 percent, 110,506 votes, and Sanders had 48.5 percent, 104,006 votes.
In Montana, with 100 percent of the vote reported, Sanders received 51.1 percent, 63,168 votes, and Clinton got 44.6 percent, 55,194. Clinton had been ahead early in the reporting, but Sanders pulled ahead with 27 percent of the vote reported at 11:27 p.m. At that time Sanders had 48.3 percent of the vote, and Clinton had 47.1 percent.
In the North Dakota Democratic caucus, with 100 percent of the vote reported, Sanders had 64.2 percent, 253 votes, and Clinton had 25.6 percent, 101 votes.
In South Dakota, with 100 percent reporting, Clinton received 51.0 percent, 27,046 votes, and Sanders got 49.0 percent, 25,957 votes.
Earlier, last weekend, Clinton won both the Puerto Rico primary and the Virgin Island caucus. Neither territory will vote in the November election. In Puerto Rico leading with about 61 percent of the vote, Clinton was allocated 33 delegates, while Sanders got 20. In the Virgin Islands Clinton was allocated 7 of 12 delegates.
The next and final primary will be the Democratic contest in the District of Columbia Tuesday, June 14, with 46 delegates to be allocated.
The Democratic National Convention takes place July 25-28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Donald Trump’s totals Tuesday ranged from 67.1 percent in South Dakota to 80.6 percent in New Jersey, with 70.7 percent in New Mexico, 75.4 percent in California and 70.7 percent in New Mexico. He was allocated 166 delegates in California, 51 in New Jersey, 27 in Montana, 24 in New Mexico and 29 in South Dakota. Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota are “Winner Take All” states, but that made no difference Tuesday. No other Republican candidate was allocated any delegates.
The Republican National Convention takes place July 18-21 in Cleveland Ohio.
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