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Sanders wins California primary

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOcasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting Calls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters MORE (I-Vt.) won the California primary on Tuesday night, earning the top spot in the state with the largest number of delegates up for grabs. 

The Associated Press called the race for the Vermont senator shortly after polls closed at 11 p.m. ET. Sanders was largely expected to finish first in the Golden State, with a wide lead in most polls leading up to Super Tuesday.

Though the victory is undoubtedly a big win for Sanders, who is set to take at least a plurality of California’s 415 pledged delegates, it is still unclear how those delegates will be divided among the other contenders.

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Sanders narrowly lost the California primary to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump jokingly blames 'Crooked Hillary' after his rally mic stops working The Hill's Campaign Report: Two weeks to the election l Biden leads in new polls as debate looms l Trump pressures DOJ on Hunter Biden Trump remarks put pressure on Barr MORE in 2016 and has since made efforts to boost his standing in the state, particularly among its sizable Hispanic population.

Sanders’s victory in California followed wins in Colorado, Utah and Vermont, while he was also competing with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE in Texas. The Lone Star State, which is still too close to call, hosts the second-largest contest and will appropriate 228 delegates.

The final division of California’s hefty delegate pool may not be clear for several days. The Golden State is notorious for lagging behind other states in officiating its results, in part because of the sheer size of its primary contest.

Sanders expressed confidence that he would take California and win the Democratic nomination as the primary battle emerges as a race between him and Biden. Biden won a spree of Super Tuesday states, including Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia, as well as Minnesota and Massachusetts.

“Tonight, I tell you with absolute confidence, we are going to win the Democratic nomination, and we are going to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of this country,” Sanders told a raucous Vermont crowd before California’s results came in.