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Hillary Clinton wins Connecticut on Tuesday

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Hillary Clinton wins Connecticut on Tuesday. (AP Images) Hillary Clinton wins Connecticut on Tuesday. (AP Images)
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. (MGN photo) Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. (MGN photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

While both Democratic presidential candidates were neck-and-neck after the polls closed, Hillary Clinton claimed victory.

Connecticut Democrats headed to the polls early Tuesday morning, and the race was finally called hours after the polls closed.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who were both in Connecticut over the weekend, looked for the Democratic presidential nod.

After 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Clinton and Sanders were neck-and-neck in the race. At 10:31 p.m., the Associated Press said Clinton claimed victory in Connecticut.

CBS News and the Associated Press report Clinton claimed victory in Delaware. She also won Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The Associated Press said Bernie Sanders won Rhode Island on Tuesday.

According to a poll earlier on Tuesday, Connecticut voters appeared to favor Sanders over Clinton, but the results didn't show that, even though it was very close, with Clinton earning 51 percent of the votes and Sanders getting 48 percent, with 93 percent of the precincts reporting.

Connecticut has a total of 55 Democratic delegates, plus 16 super delegates, for a total of 71.

Hillary Clinton needed a little more than 400 to win the nomination.

The races had Connecticut voters racing to register. However, voter registration ended on Monday, according to Secretary of the State Denise Merrill.

Merrill said that as of Jan. 2016, more than 93,000 new voters registered in the state.

Voters in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island joined those in Connecticut at the polls.

In a statement, Gov. Dannel Malloy said "Today Connecticut Democrats made the right choice. Secretary Clinton is the right candidate to move our country forward and grow our economy from the middle out. As she has proved throughout her career, Hillary Clinton gets results, and I am proud to have endorsed her candidacy. I will continue to work hard to make sure she is elected President of the United States this November, and I urge all Connecticut Democrats to do the same. Together we can and will defeat Donald Trump and his extremist agenda."

"I'd like to congratulate Hillary Clinton on a hard-fought and well-deserved victory," said Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman. "I have always admired Secretary Clinton's unique ability to effect positive change, and I know that her policies and leadership will strengthen our communities and families. Connecticut Democrats understand that by uniting behind Secretary Clinton's optimistic vision for the future of our country, we can not only defeat the GOP nominee, but we can build on President Obama's legacy and move our country forward."

Connecticut Republican Party Chairman J.R. Romano released the following statement about the Republican turnout: "Thank you to all who exercised your right to vote in our Republican Primary. I look forward to Cleveland, where our delegation will carry the voices of our statewide Republicans and represent what the people of Connecticut have said they want in their next president. We have seen heavy turnout, which is a tribute to the spirited contest in our party and a wave of new voters registering as Republicans to participate in the electoral process. For the first time in years, Connecticut has a real say in choosing our nominee. All eyes are on the Republican Primary because people realize the next president will be a Republican. Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Dan Malloy all represent failure and the Republican candidates are dedicated to solving the many crises left behind after 8 years of a Democrat in the White House."

Connecticut's Democratic Party Chairman Nick Balletto released a statement in response to Donald Trump's victory in the Connecticut GOP primary: "Donald Trump's resounding victory in today's primary is surprising to no one, but it is yet another reminder of just how extreme Connecticut's Republican Party has become," said Chairman Balletto. "From Trump's win in the GOP's straw poll, to House Minority Leader Themis Klarides's full embrace of Trump, to tonight's primary results, it is clear that Donald Trump's hateful, divisive message is now squarely in the mainstream of the state GOP. While Trump's positions - punishing women for seeking abortions, banning entire religions from entering the country, and deporting 11 million immigrants - might sit well with the base of the Republican Party, they run counter to the views of the majority of Connecticut's general electorate. And GOP candidates in our state will have to answer for their standard-bearer's policy positions and rhetoric. Make no mistake, the Connecticut Republican Party is now officially the party of Trump."

To see unofficial primary election results, click here.

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