On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton won the presidential primary in Washington, D.C. by a landslide, with Bernie Sanders barely showing up as a blip on the radar. Even though Clinton was declared the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee last week, Sanders has stuck it out until the bitter end. Clinton won 78.7 percent of the vote in the District. But how many Democrats voted in D.C. for the final primary?
In D.C., 95,565 Democrats cast their vote Tuesday. Clinton took home 75,223 votes, while Sanders only had 20,137. If you’re doing the math, there are a missing 205 votes. Those went to Rocky De La Fuente, a millionaire entrepreneur who hasn't exactly picked up traction this election.
This matchup secured 16 more delegates for Clinton and four for Sanders, adding to her 2,219 delegate lead over Sanders’ 1,832 — and don't forget about her monumental superdelegate lead of 581 to Sanders' 49. All told, Clinton has come away with a majority of the popular vote, with nearly 57 percent, according to the numbers from Real Clear Politics.
After the polls closed in D.C., Clinton and Sanders met privately at the Capital Hilton there. Sanders' spokesman, Michael Briggs, said in a statement that the two candidates discussed "substantially raising the minimum wage, real campaign finance reform, making health care universal and accessible, making college affordable, and reducing student debt." Briggs also said that "Sanders congratulated Secretary Clinton on the campaign she has run and said he appreciated her strong commitment to stopping Trump in the general election." However, it was also clear that Sanders had not conceded or withdrawn from the race.
Before the polls closed in D.C. Tuesday, Sanders held a press conference, during which he stressed his desire to overhaul the Democratic Party. According to The Huffington Post, Sanders said there was a need to change the leadership of the Democratic National Committee (without naming its leader, Debbie Wasserman Schultz) and called for “the most progressive platform ever passed by the Democratic Party." It's not clear what sway Sanders will ultimately have on the Democrats, but he's certainly refusing to exit quietly.