As I write this, it's about 8:30PM in California, and primary results aren't fully in. I'm morbidly curious as to how the race will go for the Democrats. Hillary already has the minimum number of delegates needed to clinch the nomination; the issue is whether the citizens of Cali will give her their mandate. If they don't, this will be more fuel for Bernie Sanders, who will probably use the upcoming Democrat convention to pull for superdelegate realignment toward him: he is, after all, polling much better against Trump than Hillary herself is. There's also the shadow of a possible indictment of Hillary thanks to Emailgate, but I'm not holding my breath. She's a Clinton, and thus immune to justice. The Department of Justice is currently headed by Loretta Lynch, who was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee (with Dem votes dominating GOP votes, 12-8). Hillary has powerful people in her corner who aren't shy about their biases.
This hasn't stopped online righties from speculating about Dem contingency plans. The consensus opinion is that, if HRC were to be indicted, and if she were therefore to withdraw her name from the running, Joe Biden would be wheeled out, and Elizabeth Warren would be his running mate, thus reincarnating the unsuccessful Mondale/Ferraro ticket from the 1980s. According to current polls, however, Biden would stomp Trump's ass. Despite being as goofy and gaffe-prone as Dubya was, Biden is in the country's good graces at the moment, partly thanks to sympathy for his bereavement (he lost a son, Beau, over a year ago), and also thanks to the aura of nobility that surrounded him when he publicly declared he would not run for president. I have no idea whether any of this contingency planning is more than just hookah-smoking in dark parlors, but a Biden-Trump race would certainly be a lot more interesting than the race that's likely to happen.
June 7 marks the end of the primaries for the Republicans; there's one more event on June 14 for the Democrats (District of Columbia), but the next twelve hours will pretty much wrap things up for both parties. Other states having primaries tonight (aside from California) are Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota for the GOP; for the Democrats, the list is the same, with the addition of North Dakota. None of these states represents anything of consequence compared to California, but I'll be tracking their results all the same.
So for now, the outcomes of the primaries are a confirmation of the months-old prediction* that the race would come down to Trump and Hillary. We now shift our focus to the GOP and Democrat conventions, where shenanigans are likely because neither party is particularly happy about its own front-runner. I'm not expecting Trump to budge, but I'm intensely curious to see what Bernie plans to do. He's a tenacious old bastard.
UPDATE: with 75-99% of the precincts reporting in, Donald Trump is, of course, landsliding, as he's the only GOP candidate still in the running. Hillary, meanwhile, is stomping all over Bernie. With 74% of precincts reporting in Cali, she's 57% to Bernie's 42%. Bernie has apparently had trouble, this whole race, with appealing to anyone who's not young and white, which explains his wild success in nearly all-white North Dakota (64% to 26%) and his failure in minority-heavy California.
*Don't deny it: this prediction is months old. Once it became clear, months ago, that Trump was the GOP leader, this was the bet that most people were placing.