Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic primary in California

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CALIFORNIA -- Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential primary in California, delivering a devastating blow to rival Bernie Sanders.

The Vermont senator had pinned his hopes of a comeback on a strong finish in California, but the loss in the nation's largest state is all but certain to hasten the end of his White House campaign.

Clinton embraced her place in history Tuesday as the first woman to become the presidential nominee of a major political party.

“Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone,” Clinton said during a speech in Brooklyn celebrating her status as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. “Tonight’s victory is not about one person. It belongs to generations of women and men who struggled and sacrificed and made this moment possible.”

Clinton’s long-awaited moment of celebration came as six states held contests that close out a tumultuous presidential primary season.

As Clinton’s speech ended, Sanders announced a Thursday rally in Washington, D.C., which holds its primary next week.

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