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Washington, D.C. — Hillary Clinton won the Washington, D.C., Democratic primary here Tuesday, June 14, by a landslide.
Following the endorsement of President Barrack Obama last week Clinton carried Washington, D.C., by 78.8 per cent or 74,566 votes to Bernie Sanders 21.1 per cent or 19,990 votes.
This final primary was one of Sanders worst showings against Clinton. This was with 100 per cent of the vote reporting.
Clinton was allocated 16 delegates, while Sanders was allocated four delegates.
Sanders’s views on the Democratic platform were, however, a focus of the news Tuesday.
Tuesday afternoon Sanders told reporters at a press conference “We need at the Democratic National Convention the most progressive platform ever.” He said that would make it “crystal clear” that the party is on the side of working people, low-income people and people who have no health insurance.
Sanders also called for “real electoral reform” that would allow for open primaries in the next presidential primary cycle in which independents, in addition to registered Democrats, can choose the party’s nominee. He also called for same-day registration so that anyone can walk into a polling place on the day of a primary or caucus and register to vote.
Sanders did, however, say, “I think Donald Trump is totally unfit to be President of the United States” and suggested he will fight to ensure the presumptive GOP nominee isn’t elected in November.
Tuesday night Clinton and Sanders met privately for about two hours at a hotel in Washington to hash out some of the enduring differences
Sanders congratulated Clinton on her primary victory, and Clinton congratulated Sanders on his campaign, according to statements from both camps. They discussed possible issues on the Democratic Party platform ranging from raising the minimum wage, campaign finance reform, universal healthcare and college affordability.
The two had a positive discussion about their primary campaign, about unifying the party and about the dangerous threat that Donald Trump poses to our nation, according to a Clinton campaign official.
“Sanders and Clinton agreed to continue working to develop a progressive agenda that addresses the needs of working families and the middle class and adopting a progressive platform for the Democratic National Convention,” said Sanders’s campaign spokesman Michael Briggs.
Sanders announced he would speak to supporters in Burlington, Vt., about “how the revolution continues.” That address will be live streamed on line at 8:30 p.m. ET
The Republican primary in the District of Columbia was held March 12. With 100 percent of the vote reported, Marco Rubio won with 37.3 percent, 1,059 votes, and was allocated 10 delegates. John Kasich received 35.5 percent of the vote, 1,008 votrd and was allocated seven delegates. Donald Trump received only 13.8 percent, 391 votes, and Ted Cruz received 12.4 percent, 361 votes. Neither received any delegates.
— C.L and H.E.