The Latest: Clinton wins Democratic primary in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign, with Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders holding events Sunday in California and Democrats in Puerto Rico voting in the party’s primary (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

9:45 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has overwhelmed Bernie Sanders in Puerto Rico’s Democratic primary, putting her within striking distance of having enough delegates to capture the Democratic presidential nomination.

While Puerto Ricans don’t cast ballots in the November election, their voice could be decisive.

After a blowout victory Saturday in the U.S. Virgin Islands and a decisive win in the U.S. territory, Clinton is now less than 30 delegates short of the 2,383 needed to win the nomination.

That’s according to an Associated Press count.

But the Democratic race wasn’t on the minds many voters in Puerto Rico, who instead said they were focused instead on the island’s economic crisis and opposition to a proposed federal control board to oversee the territory’s $70 billion in debt.


9:01 p.m.

Expected clerical issues and the hand counting of ballots are slowing the announcement of results of the Democratic presidential primary in Puerto Rico.

Polls closed on the island at 3 p.m. Eastern.

Six hours later, only a small fraction of the vote had been tallied. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton led Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by a 2-to-1 margin in those early returns.

Kenneth McClintock is Puerto Rico’s former Democratic National Committeeman. He says election officials on the island are focused first on releasing results in the island’s local races.

Those results are being counted electronically for the first time, while the presidential results are tallied by hand.


7:56 p.m.

No visits to burger joints or shaking hands at the beach for Hillary Clinton in California.

The former secretary of state spent Sunday afternoon in a somber policy conversation with community leaders in Vallejo, one of a number of such talks she’s been holding in California before the state’s Tuesday primary.

Clinton discussed criminal justice reform, education and health care with a few dozen people crowded into Vallejo’s Good Day Cafe.

She told the crowd that she valued listening as much as talking, saying: “I do think it’s important to hear from people directly.”

Clinton stressed that it was important to work together to improve communities, saying “too many people are retreating or are protesting. We’ve got to hit the sweet spot in the middle where people roll up their sleeves.”


5:54 p.m.

Bernie Sanders is looking for votes on the Santa Monica Pier, even taking his grandchildren for a ride on the pier’s carousel.

Sanders shook hands and stopped for photos during a stroll of more than an hour Sunday along the shops, restaurants and amusement park rides of the California landmark. The Vermont senator reminded voters about the state’s California primary, urging them to vote.

Sanders stopped by a charity “Pedal on the Pier” fundraiser, telling people riding on stationary bikes that the U.S. should have “an economy that works for all people, not just the one percent.”

Sanders and his wife, Jane, wrapped up the excursion by standing alongside grandchildren Dylan and Ella Driscoll as the kids sat atop horses and rode on the Santa Monica Carousel.


4 p.m.

Bernie Sanders is pressing his case and surprising diners during drop-ins at trendy West Hollywood restaurants.

Sanders apologized at Hamburger Mary’s as disco lights swirled inside.

California’s presidential primaries are Tuesday and the Vermont senator is campaigning aggressively to deny Democratic rival Hillary Clinton an important victory in the state. Sanders told diners he hopes everyone will make clear with their votes on Tuesday that the time for establishment politics and establishment economics has passed.

Says Sanders: “We need real change in this country.”


3 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is pledging to challenge the gun lobby as she opens another California campaign day at an Oakland church.

Clinton told an enthusiastic crowd at Greater St. Paul Baptist Church that the country is “getting indifferent to the great toll of gun violence.”

The former secretary of state is closing in on the Democratic presidential nomination and has been campaigning aggressively to win California, which votes Tuesday.

She’s also been drawing an enthusiastic response for a recent speech slamming Republican Donald Trump’s foreign policy.

Clinton did not mention Trump or Democratic rival Bernie Sanders at the church. She recalled a summer interning at an Oakland law firm in 1971 when she and Bill Clinton were first dating, along with some “really wonderful memories.”


11:40 am.

Puerto Ricans frustrated by the island’s economic crisis are voting in the U.S. territory’s Democratic presidential primary, as front-runner Hillary Clinton drew closer to securing the number of delegates needed to win her party’s nomination.

A blowout win Saturday in the U.S. Virgin Islands left Clinton just 60 delegates short of the 2,383 needed to win the nomination.

Sixty pledged delegates are at stake in Puerto Rico. Clinton would need to win more than 85 percent of the vote to get them all.

Voters were mainly focused on the island’s economic crisis.

Clinton and rival Bernie Sanders visited Puerto Rico and pledged help as it seeks to restructure $70 billion worth of public debt that the governor has said is unpayable.


10:30 a.m.

Donald Trump says “it’s possible” he wouldn’t be treated fairly if the federal judge hearing a lawsuit against Trump University was Muslim.

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has called for banning Muslims from entering the United States.

Trump responds “it’s possible, yes,” when asked on CBS’ “Face the Nation” whether he’d feel a Muslim judge would treat him unfairly because of his policies.

Trump has also proposed building a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico. He’s been arguing that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing the case, is biased against Trump because of the border proposal and the judge’s heritage.

Curiel is an Indiana native whose parents are Mexican.


9:45 a.m.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says Donald Trump’s criticism of a federal judge hearing a lawsuit against Trump University is one of the candidate’s “worst mistakes” and is “inexcusable.”

Gingrich is declining on “Fox News Sunday” to accuse the presumptive Republican presidential nominee of racism.

But Gingrich says Trump has to recognize that he’s now the “potential leader” of the U.S. and should move his game to a new level.

Trump has proposed building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. And he argues that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has a conflict of interest in the legal case because of the judge’s heritage and because of Trump’s border plan.

Curiel is a native of Indiana whose parents emigrated from Mexico.


9 a.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump “doesn’t really have ideas” but “makes bizarre rants and engages in personal feuds and outright lies.”

Clinton is likely to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination in the next few days, and she’s taking direct aim at Trump as she tries to move past challenger Bernie Sanders.

She tells ABC’s “This Week” that people around the world aren’t used to seeing an American presidential candidate who’s “so loose with the truth, so divisive.”

Clinton is just 60 delegates short of the 2,383 needed to advance to the November general election, according to The Associated Press’ count. Puerto Rico holds its primary Sunday and 60 delegates are at stake.

On Tuesday, six states — including New Jersey and California — vote, with 694 delegates up for grabs.

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