Clinton looks ahead to convention after big wins

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 26, 2016 10:28 PM

Protesters hold up signs as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign stop, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Harrisburg) -- Hillary Clinton is name-checking several prominent Pennsylvania Democrats in her victory speech after winning the state's primary.

Clinton is speaking in Philadelphia after her victory Tuesday over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The Democratic front-runner thanked Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey, Rep. Matt Cartwright from northeastern Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.

She's telling the crowd, ``With your help, we're going to come back to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention with the most votes and the most pledged delegates.''

Early results from an exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research shows Clinton won the primary on the strength of voters over 45 and those who thought pragmatically.

Clinton focused criticism on the Republican candidates, rather than primary opponent Bernie Sanders. She made a pitch to voters outside the Democratic party, suggesting some may not be happy with the Republican options.

``If you are a Democrat an independent or a thoughtful Republican you know that their approach is not going to build an America where we increase opportunity or decrease inequality,'' Clinton said.

An earlier story is below:

Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential primary in Pennsylvania, further solidifying her footing in the race against Bernie Sanders.

Leading up to Tuesday's contest, Clinton had campaigned extensively in the state, which she often refers to as her ancestral home.

The former Secretary of State entered Tuesday's five primaries having already accumulated 82 percent of the delegates needed to win her party's nomination. While she can't win enough delegates to officially knock Sanders out of the race this week, she can erase any lingering doubts about her standing.

There are 384 Democratic delegates up for grabs in Tuesday's five contests. Earlier Tuesday, Clinton won the races in Maryland and Delaware.

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