- Voters from both parties cast their ballots in five states: California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. Democratic voters in North Dakota held a caucus instead of a primary.
- Donald Trump swept the GOP races, while Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton won three. Clinton also leads in California. Fellow Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, who vowed to remain in the race, took home two wins.
- For a full breakdown of tonight's primaries and caucus, check out our complete guide. Part 1 & Part 2
That's a wrap for our live coverage of tonight's primaries. Republican Donald Trump took home five wins, adding to his delegate count. On the Democratic side, frontrunner Hillary Clinton won in three states and is enjoying an early lead in the biggest state of the night: California. Meanwhile, rival Bernie Sanders took home two victories and vowed to remain in the race until the Democratic National Convention in July.
Sanders grabs a second win tonight, this time in Montana. With 78% reporting, Sanders' leads 50.5% to Clinton's 45.1%.
In a speech delivered to supporters in Santa Monica, Sanders has vowed to remain in the race until the party convention in July.
Next Tuesday, we continue the fight. ... We are going to fight hard to win the primary in Washington DC. And then we take our fight for social, economic, racial and environmental justice to Philadelphia."
A new report by POLITICO reveals the chaos reigning in Sanders' campaign.
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.
The report looks at the division among Sanders' key staffers, particularly after the loss in Nevada.
Take the combative statement after the Nevada showdown.
"I don't know who advised him that this was the right route to take, but we are now actively destroying what Bernie worked so hard to build over the last year just to pick up two fucking delegates in a state he lost," rapid response director Mike Casca complained to Weaver in an internal campaign email obtained by POLITICO.
"Thank you for your views. I'll relay them to the senator, as he is driving this train," Weaver wrote back.
According to POLITICO, Sanders is indeed prepared to keep fighting until the Democratic National Convention in July. He's also ready to make some hefty demands of Clinton and the DNC.
Read the full story here.
What's happened so far:
- Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump swept all five states to further solidify his claim on the party's nomination.
- Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has won three states: New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. She also leads in California.
- Rival Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has won in one state: North Dakota. The Vermont senator leads in Montana.
- The White House revealed President Obama called both Clinton and Sanders to congratulate them on their campaigns. Sanders and the president are set to meet on Thursday (9 June).
- Reports indicate Sanders will lay off at least half of his campaign staff. The move could signify Sanders' decision to drop out of the race.
The New York Daily News has decided to go with a more positive, Clinton-friendly front page.
The White House has announced President Obama called both Senator Sanders and Secretary Clinton tonight. A statement by the press secretary reveals:
Tonight, President Obama called both Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders. The President congratulated both candidates for running inspiring campaigns that have energized Democrats, brought a new generation of Americans into the political process, and shined a spotlight on important policy ideas aimed at making sure our economy and our politics work for everybody, not just those with wealth and power.
The President congratulated Secretary Clinton for securing the delegates necessary to clinch the Democratic Nomination for President. Her historic campaign inspired millions and is an extension of her lifelong fight for middle-class families and children.
The President thanked Senator Sanders for energizing millions of Americans with his commitment to issues like fighting economic inequality and special interests' influence on our politics.
In addition, at Senator Sanders' request, the President and Senator Sanders will meet at the White House on Thursday to continue their conversation about the significant issues at stake in this election that matter most to America's working families. The President looks forward to continuing the conversation with Senator Sanders about how to build on the extraordinary work he has done to engage millions of Democratic voters, and to build on the enthusiasm in the weeks and months ahead.
Clinton claims her third victory of the night as the AP proclaims her the victor of the South Dakota primary. With 98% reporting, Clinton is ahead 51.2% to Sanders' 48.8%.
As expected, Trump has managed a five state sweep tonight. Less than half an hour after the polls closed in California, the AP called the race for the billionaire real estate mogul.
Clinton grabs her second win of the night, this time in New Mexico. With 73% reporting, Clinton leads with 53% to Sanders' 47%.
We're just minutes away from polls closing in California. The state offers the biggest prize of the night for Democrats: 475 pledged delegates. Pre-primary polls show Clinton and Sanders neck and neck. As the state allocates delegates on a proportional system, the two candidates could split the delegates nearly evenly.
Donald Trump is temperamentally unfit to be president.
- Hillary Clinton at celebratory rally in Brooklyn, NY
Trump can now add Montana to the list of wins tonight. The AP has called the race for the presumptive GOP nominee.
Hillary Clinton steps up to the podium at a massive Brooklyn campaign rally with thousands of supporters that looks like the official kick off of the general election.
"Thanks to you we've reached a milestone. For the first time in our nation's history a woman will be a major party's nominee for president," says Clinton.
"Tonight's victory is not about one person; it belongs to generations."
It appears to be the beginning of the end of Sanders' campaign. The Vermont senator will reportedly lay off at least half of his staff on Wednesday (8 June). The New York Times reports:
Many of those being laid off are advance staff members who often help with campaign logistics, as well as field staff members who have been working to garner votes for the senator, according to both a campaign official and a former campaign staff member, both of whom spoke on condition of anonymity. Some campaign workers may move into jobs at Mr. Sanders's Senate office, but others will be terminated, they said.
Some major US newspapers have released previews of tomorrow's front pages.
We're minutes away from polls closing in Montana. California—the biggest prize of the night—will close polls an hour later.
Clinton is now claiming victory in the race for the Democratic nomination. In an email to supporters the Clinton campaign says:
After all our hard work and tough fights -- and an unwavering commitment to love, kindness, our country, and each other -- we broke one of the highest, hardest glass ceilings in America.
Together, we secured the Democratic nomination. For the first time ever, a woman will be a major party's nominee to become President of the United States.
She also takes a swipe at presumptive GOP nominee Trump:
We cannot let a man who demeans women, attacks people for their race or religion, and traffics in paranoid conspiracy theories take the Oath of Office.
We won't let a man who said he'll order our troops to commit war crimes by killing the wives and children of suspected terrorists become Commander-in-Chief.
Sanders nabs at least one win tonight, in North Dakota. The Peace Garden State is the only state to caucus tonight. With 60% reporting (213 votes), Sanders overwhelmingly won with 64.3% of the vote against Clinton's 26.4%.
The AP has called another race for Trump, this time in New Mexico.
During his speech tonight, Trump calls on all the Sanders' supporters "left out in the cold by a rigged superdelegate system: We welcome you with open arms."
Some people say I'm too much of a fighter. My preference is always peace, however. And I've shown that. I've shown that for a long time...
My goal is always again to bring people together. But if I'm forced to fight for something I really care about, I will never ever back down.
It should be noted that unlike past speeches, Trump is reading his remarks off of a teleprompter. Trump's uses the air time to announce an anti-Clinton speech for next week.
The AP has also called the Republican race in South Dakota for Trump. He leads by more than a 50 point margin against former rivals John Kasich and Ted Cruz.
The AP has called the Democratic race in New Jersey for Clinton. With 20.9% reporting, Clinton leads 58.7% to 41.3%.