WASHINGTON — Democrat Hillary Clinton has won the Washington DC primary, capturing the party’s last presidential nominating contest as Democrats turn their focus to the November 8 election against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Clinton, who secured enough delegates to clinch the Democratic presidential nomination last week, will meet in private later on Tuesday (local time) with rival Bernie Sanders as the sometimes bitter political combatants search for common ground in the race against Mr Trump.
Mr Sanders is under pressure to give up his campaign and help unite the party.
But the US senator from Vermont has vowed to push on to next month’s convention to gain more converts to his agenda of reducing income inequality, curbing big money in politics and reining in Wall Street.
“We’re going to take that fight into the convention in Philadelphia,” Mr Sanders said ahead of the vote in DC.
At a news conference in Washington, Mr Sanders said he would demand changes to make the Democratic nominating process more equitable, including replacing the Democratic National Committee leadership, letting independents take part in the voting and eliminating superdelegates, who are unelected and are free to support any candidate.
“The time is long overdue for a fundamental transformation of the Democratic Party,” he said.
Mr Sanders had promised to stay in the Democratic race until the final vote was cast in the Washington, DC, primary, although he has stopped talking about capturing the party’s nomination and instead focused on ways he can push his agenda.
He scheduled a national video address to supporters on Thursday night.
Mrs Clinton easily beat Mr Sanders in DC, winning 79 per cent to his 21 per cent with more than two thirds of the vote counted.
The DC primary closes a more than four-month, state-by-state battle for the Democratic nomination that began on February 1 in Iowa.
1 killed, 2 injured in Dhading truck mishap
DHADING — One person was killed while two other seriously injured when a truck fell from Hugdi Khola Bridge in Rorang-10, Benighat along the Prithvi Highway on Wednesday.
The truck (Na 5 Kha 1568) en-route to Chitwan from Kathmandu fell off the bridge to Hugdi Khola (river) on Wednesday afternoon.
The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Sher Bahadur Magar,23, of Madhya Bindu Municipality-10, according to police. Magar died on the course of treatment at a Malekhu-based hospital, informed Area Police Office, Gajuri.
Those injured in the incident are Manoj Ale 25, of Arunkhola, Nawalparasi and Megh Bahadur Gharti of Sitakganga Municipality in Arghakhanchi district have been sent to Kathmandu for further medical treatment.Follow @gorkhapost