Clinton Takes the California Democratic Primary Over Obama

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New York Sen. Hillary Clinton overtook Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in Tuesday's California primary. KPCC's Frank Stoltze went to a Clinton campaign party in Burbank.

Frank Stoltze: At a Clinton campaign party in Burbank last night, Nishat Mahta smiled broadly. The software salesman knew that some polls indicated a Clinton-Obama tie heading into yesterday's primary.

Nishat Mahta: The polls were completely wrong it sounds like this morning. We know now not to trust them. Yeah, we are all very relieved.

Stoltze: Addressing the crowd, Congressman Brad Sherman of the San Fernando Valley said Clinton showed broad appeal on Super Tuesday.

Brad Sherman: We won in New York. We won in America Samoa. And we won most of the places in between.

Stoltze: The Senator from New York won California by doing well with women voters, and by beating Obama two to one among Latinos. Obama bested Clinton by the same margin among independent voters. L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said the Illinois Senator is a formidable contender.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: So don't think for a moment that this isn't going to be a long campaign.

Stoltze: Some union members in the crowd said they expect to campaign for Clinton in Ohio, Texas, or Virginia in the weeks ahead.