Former First Lady, who is also projected to become the first female candidate of a major political party in the US, Hillary Clinton, has thanked her supporters for helping her reach a historic moment for women.
“Thanks to you, we’ve reached a milestone,” she told cheering crowds at a rally in New York.
She hailed “the first time in our nation’s history that a woman will be a major party’s nominee”.
Earlier, Mrs Clinton won the Democratic primary in New Jersey, cementing her hold on her party’s nomination.
She went on to win South Dakota and New Mexico, while her rival Bernie Sanders found victory in the Montana and North Dakota caucuses.
But hours after Clinton’s euphoric victory rally in Brooklyn, Sanders spoke before a roaring crowd of his own in California to declare “the struggle continues.” The Vermont senator pledged to stay in the race through next week’s primary in Washington, D.C., and to fight on for social, economic, racial and environmental justice at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
But he did not specifically commit to pursuing his fight for the nomination at the convention, leaving his ultimate intentions unclear.