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US election: Hillary Clinton wins Washington DC primary ahead of meeting with Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton celebrates with supporters after winning DC primary
Hillary Clinton celebrates with supporters after winning DC primary

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.

Key points:

  • Washington DC marks the last Democratic primary
  • Clinton is set to meet Sanders to find common ground
  • Sanders previously vowed to push on to the convention next month

"We just won Washington, DC! Grateful to everyone who voted," Mrs Clinton tweeted.

Mrs 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.

Source: Reuters/AFP via ABC News

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