WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton won the first primary contest of the 2016 presidential campaign in Washington, D.C., a day after the first ballot was counted.
“Tonight, I’m honored to represent the people of Washington, the United States,” Clinton said at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
“Tonight, we are a nation united.
Tonight, we have a voice.
Tonight we have hope.
Tonight is a victory for America.”
The former secretary of state defeated the Republican front-runner, Donald Trump, in a race that had been close until last week when Clinton pulled ahead of him by a large margin.
She had hoped to beat the billionaire businessman, but after weeks of high-profile attacks by Trump, he pulled out of the race in late July.
The final count on Monday showed Clinton taking 270 electoral votes to Trump’s 217.
That result was within striking distance of a contested convention, which would allow delegates to ratify Clinton’s election and, potentially, help her unseat Trump at the national convention in Cleveland.
Trump had also pledged to challenge Clinton in a third presidential debate in August, which the Republican National Committee said would be held in Cleveland, Ohio.