Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a primary night event on June 7, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP
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Hillary Clinton celebrated her triumph as the first woman to lead a major party in a race for the White House, scoring big wins in California and New Jersey to cement her grip on the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.Clinton appealed to supporters of party rival Bernie Sanders.Clinton edged Sanders out in a rough-and-tumble battle that stretched over four months and 50 states.Obama called both Clinton and Sanders Tuesday. Clinton won 56 percent to Sanders' 43 percent, avoiding what would have been an embarrassing loss in America's most populous state.Clinton, 68, will also be running against the current of this election season, one that has favored outsiders like Trump and Sanders.Pressure will mount on Sanders to exit graciously and throw his support to Clinton.Eight years ago in June 2008, Clinton did exactly that when she ended her bitter primary fight with Obama. Prominent Democrats say that unifying the party now is the highest priority, and that if Sanders maintains his challenge to Clinton through the July 25-28 convention, Trump will benefit.
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