Gov. Jerry Brown Backs Hillary Clinton in California Primary

Brown said a vote for the Democratic front-runner is the "only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump"

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California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Tuesday that he plans to support former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton next week in the state's presidential primary election.

Brown said a vote for the Democratic front-runner is the "only path forward to win the presidency and stop the dangerous candidacy of Donald Trump." Brown made the announcement Tuesday morning in a post on his website titled, "An Open Letter to California Democrats and Independents."

Brown said he is "impressed" with Clinton's rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, but called on Democrats to unite around Clinton.

"For her part, Hillary Clinton has convincingly made the case that she knows how to get things done and has the tenacity and skill to advance the Democratic agenda," said Brown, who waged his own bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1976, 1980 and 1992. "Clinton’s lead is insurmountable and Democrats have shown — by millions of votes — that they want her as their nominee.

"Next January, I want to be sure that it is Hillary Clinton who takes the oath of office, not Donald Trump."

Clinton is 72 delegates away from the magic number needed for a majority of delegates to clinch the Democratic nomination.

Both Democratic candidates made campaign stops last week in California, hoping to rally support ahead of next week's primary. Sanders spent Memorial Day in the Bay Area with a stop in Emeryville planned for Tuesday as he looks to close Clinton's 2-percentage point lead in California.

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