Trump wins Washington primary

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LOS ANGELES: Donald Trump, the last Republican standing in the 2016 US presidential race, took a major step toward clinching the party’s nomination with a victory on Tuesday in the Washington state primary. US networks called the race for the New York billionaire shortly after polls closed at 8:00 p.m. (0300 GMT Wednesday). Early results showed Trump receiving 76 percent of the vote, according to Washington’s secretary of state’s office. Trump is the party’s presumptive nominee, and while he is not officially the flag bearer yet he is on the cusp. He had amassed 1,189 delegates prior to Washington state, according to a CNN tally, just 48 delegates short of the 1,237 needed for the nomination. Washington has 44 delegates up for grabs. Trump will therefore cross the threshold and clinch the nomination on June 7, when California and four other states vote on the final day of the Republican primary contest.

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