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Clinton Cruises To Victory In Connecticut, Grabs 7 Electoral Votes

Hillary Clinton makes a pre-primary appearance at the University of Bridgeport on April 24. It was her only major campaign appearance in Fairfield County. Photo Credit: File
Hillary Clinton at the University of Bridgeport Photo Credit: Roy Fuchs
Hillary Clinton at the University of Bridgeport Photo Credit: Jay Polansky

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Hillary Clinton won the popular vote Tuesday in Connecticut, the state she called home while a law student at Yale University, NBC News projected shortly after the polls closed.

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The announcement on television drew some applause and a "Yay Hillary!" from the crowd at the Sheraton Stamford, where supporters of U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th) had gathered to watch election results.

The win in Connecticut, a heavily Blue State, is worth seven electoral votes for the Democratic candidate for president. There are 538 electoral votes, and it takes 270 to win as the nation chooses between Clinton and Republican Donald Trump.

New Haven is where Hillary Clinton met her future husband, President Bill Clinton, while both were law students.

She likes to tell the story of how they met — in an encounter in the library. She says he could not keep his eyes off her, but she had to make the first move.

Hillary Clinton says she approached Bill Clinton and said, “If you’re going to keep looking at me, and I’m going to keep looking back, we ought to at least know each other. I’m Hillary Rodham.”

She started at Yale in the fall of 1969 and lived in Connecticut for four years.

At Yale, the Clintons also became friends with classmate Richard Blumenthal, who is now the senior U.S.senator from Connecticut. He won re-election to his second term Tuesday night.

They were also classmates with Robert Reich, who went on to become Secretary of Labor in Bill Clinton's Cabinet.

Clinton, who was expected to easily win in the Nutmeg State, has not campaigned much in Connecticut during this run for the presidency. But she did hold a rally at the University of Bridgeport the weekend before the April primary, which she won.

At the rally in the state's largest city, Clinton pledged to tackle gun violence, drug addiction and the minimum wage.

Gun control would be a “centerpiece” issue of her presidency, Clinton said at the Bridgeport event, which was held 20 miles from where the Sandy Hook School shooting took place. Each day, 90 people die from guns, or 33,000 people a year, she said.

“We cannot go on like this,” Clinton said in a get-out-the-vote rally held at the Harvey Hubbell Gymnasium at the University of Bridgeport. “And there is absolutely no conflict between protecting the Second Amendment rights of gun owners and protecting our children, our teenagers and other of our neighbors, family and friends.”

Clinton also advocated for quicker access to mental health and drug addiction treatment.

In the Democratic primary held on April 26, Clinton beat back a challenge from U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Clinton grabbed 51.8 percent of the vote — and 28 delegates — to Sanders' 46.42 percent of the vote and 27 delegates.

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