Trump, Hillary both bag Washington primary

RSTV Bureau
FILE: FIle photo of Republican leader Donald Trump, who is emerging as a front-runner to earn nomination for the Presidential candidate.  Photo - PTI

File photo of Republican leader Donald Trump Photo – PTI

In the race to the White House, frontrunners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have both won the Washington state primary. Trump, who already the presumptive Republican nominee, now needs less than 10 delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.

With Clinton’s win in Washington, the November polls are likely to be a clash between Trump and Clinton.

Trump received 76.2 per cent of the total votes polled in Washington state primary. According to CNN, a victory in Washington Trump now has 1,229 of the 1,237 delegates required to become the Grand Old party’s nominee.

Other Republicans, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich each earned 10 per cent of the vote, while retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson earned 4 per cent of the vote.

Trump is the only Republican candidate left in the race to the White House from the Republican party, which was crowded with as many as 17 candidates at the start of the primary season early this year.

On the other hand, the race to the White House in the Democratic party which had just three candidates at the start of this year, is still open.

New York: Hillary Clinton greets the audience with 'Namaste' as she celebrates her Democratic primary victory in her home state of New York on Tuesday night. PTI Photo

New York: File photo of Hillary Clinton greeting the audience with ‘Namaste’ as she celebrates her Democratic primary victory in her home state of New York. PTI Photo

Clinton is likely to clinch the nomination because of the lead she has in delegate count, her opponent Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont has refused to call off the race till the last vote in the primary election is cast.

The contest now moves to California, New Jersey, New Mexico, Montana and South Dakota on June 7. The results for the June 7 primaries will definitely seal the deal for Trump.

“Thank You Washington,” Trump tweeted after major news channels projected his win in the state.

Trump’s victory, however, was overshadowed by the clashes between anti-Trump protesters and police outside his event in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Trump’s rally in New Mexico turned violent as anti-Trump demonstrators clashed with police, hurling rocks and burning clothes at officers.

The “unlawful assembly” went on rampage, lighted fires and threw rocks at the police officers and their horses outside Trump’s rally.

The protesters disrupted the real estate tycoon’s speech several times. Most of the protesters were escorted out.

(With inputs from agencies)