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Final round of primaries solidify leads for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

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Though the race for both the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees are essentially a foregone conclusion, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton solidified their leads Tuesday in primaries across multiple states.

Five states — California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota — held primaries for both parties, while North Dakota caucused for the Democrats. North Dakota Republican Party members select their delegates during a private meeting.

Despite the 694 Democratic pledged delegates up for grabs on Tuesday — not including superdelegates — the primaries are essentially pointless, if an Associated Press tabulation of Clinton’s support is to be believed. The news agency said Monday that Clinton had officially hit the magic number of delegates needed to clinch the party’s nomination outright.

Bernie Sanders won in Montana and North Dakota, while Clinton was the winner in the California, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.

Sanders spoke to a crowd in Santa Monica and said he has no intentions of dropping out of the race. He said he wants to win the Washington D.C. primary next week and mentioned taking his fight to Philadelphia, where the Democratic National Convention will be held next month.

As far as the Republicans go, Tuesday seems to be just another victory for Trump. He is running unopposed and had accumulated enough delegates by late May to clinch the nomination.

There is one remaining primary: Washington, D.C. Democrats will cast their ballots June 14.

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