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Clinton wins Connecticut primary

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is projected to win the Connecticut primary.

Fox News and NBC News called the race around 10:30 p.m. EDT. Polls closed at 8 p.m.

The win will give Clinton the majority of the state’s 55 pledged delegates, expanding her lead and inching her closer to the nomination.

{mosads}She entered the day with 1,428 pledged delegates to rival Bernie Sanders’s 1,153, according to The Associated Press.

Clinton focused on gun control in Connecticut, home to one of the most horrific school shootings in American history. 

She met with families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and released a TV ad featuring the daughter of the school principal killed in the shooting.

Gun control is a major issue on which Clinton can draw contrasts with Sanders, and she’s repeatedly criticized his vote to give the gun industry certain immunity from civil prosecution related to gun violence. Sanders has since signed onto a bill that would roll back some of those protections.

A state judge this month set a trial date for a suit filed by Sandy Hook families against the manufacturer of a weapon used in the killings. 

The manufacturer is relying in part on the federal immunity law that Sanders supported in order to push for the case’s dismissal.

Tags Bernie Sanders Connecticut Hillary Clinton

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