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Stephen J. Cohen/WireImage(SANTA FE, N.M.) -- President Clinton is known for his surprise retail stops along the campaign trail, often surprising patrons who have no clue he is coming.

Wednesday in Santa Fe, New Mexico, President Clinton made a pit stop at an authentic Mexican restaurant just along the Santa Fe plaza. While greeting patrons he came across Bernie Sanders supporter, Josh Brody, 24.

A 30-minute debate ensued as Brody questioned the former president’s record and argued that many federal departments have shrunk as a result of his administration. President Clinton listened intently. Then, Brody accused the president of disinvesting in education.

“I doubled education,” said Clinton. “You have cherry-picked facts which contradict the truth.”

President Clinton was repeatedly egged on by staffers to move on to other tables and encouraged to conclude his conversation with Brody, but like many times before, the president continued to listen and engage with the Sanders supporter.

“If you never have to make a decision, then you can go back to the past and cherry-pick everything [for a] narrative that is blatantly false,” said Clinton. “What you’re saying is false.”

Brody questioned this narrative, saying it sounds like Clinton “did the best job that you could have possibly done from the most progressive standpoint that you could have had.”

Clinton listened attentively and defended his record as he is known to do with those who protest his events. “You have a limited number of choices, and you do what you can to help the largest number of people. It is very hard,” said Clinton, who also tried to ease the tension, telling Brody. “I’m on your side.”

President Clinton has adopted an inclusive platform on the campaign trail, repeatedly stressing that he wants “us to all rise together,” as he said in his campaign speech just a few hours later in Albuquerque.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With his first trip to the Golden State in a few weeks, Donald Trump wasted no time Wednesday digging into the news about Hillary Clinton’s emails.

“She's as crooked as they come, she had a little bad news today [Wednesday] as you know from some reports came down weren't so good,” Trump told the packed crowd.

According to the State Department's inspector general, Clinton and some of her predecessors violated the government's policies on email use and records retention.

The department's investigative office offered the conclusion in a report released on Wednesday to members of Congress and obtained by ABC News.

The report examined the email practices of five U.S. secretaries of state and found that there was "a limited ability to retrieve email records, inaccessibility of electronic files, failure to comply with requirements for departing employees and a general lack of oversight."

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said that her use of email was consistent with her predecessors and that political opponents were misrepresenting the findings.

As he often does, Trump continued associating Clinton with her now former boss, President Obama.

"Let me tell you something if she wins -- and I hope she doesn't -- but if she wins you better get used to it because you'll have nothing but turmoil and you'll have nothing but four more years of Obama years of Obama and you can't take that.”

In recent weeks, as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has become more involved in the Clinton campaign, Trump has made her more of a target. The two have often had spats on Twitter.

"I was being hit by everybody. I was being hit by the Republicans. I was being hit by Pocahontas. Pocahontas, Pocahontas that's Elizabeth Warren. I call her goofy. No no Goofy, She gets less done than anybody in the United States senate,” he said.

Trump has used the Pocahontas moniker because of Warren's claims that she has Native American ancestry.

And like Tuesday night in New Mexico, Wednesday's event in California found itself the target of protesters: According to the Anaheim Police Department, 7 adults and 1 juvenile were arrested; the charges are not known yet.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In its first satirical attempt to challenge anti-Muslim bigotry, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, released a one-minute ad Wednesday poking fun at discriminatory interactions many Muslims in the country regularly face. The organization claims that it has developed a “cure” for this in the form of a chewing gum called ISLAMOPHOBIN.

Who, exactly, is the ad aimed at?

“I think the answer is very, very simple. When it comes to irresponsible statements against Muslims, it’s Donald Trump and several of the GOP candidates,” CAIR’s Executive Director Nihad Awad said in an interview with ABC News.

“With the candidacy of Donald Trump, and people like him, we’ve seen a spike in Islamophobia, a spike in incidents and hate crimes, and we’re looking for ways to defend our communities and also for ways to defend American values,” he said.

The ad, he explained, is a way to incorporate humor into an organization that typically issues strong statements of condemnation.

“We believe humor and satire can go a long way,” Awad said, and should help “remind people that your Muslim neighbor is your friend, your Muslim co-worker is your friend.”

A recent Pew projection found that Muslims are projected to become the second-largest religious group in the U.S. (after Christians) by 2040. The American Muslim population will reach 8.1 million people, or 2.1 percent of the total population, by 2050.

The chewing gum – mint green Chiclets – are for sale on Amazon.com for $1.99 (plus a $4.49 shipping fee). CAIR said the proceeds support the group's civil rights and advocacy work.

According to the packaging, the gum is a “multi-symptom relief for chronic Islamophobia” and a “maximum strength formula” to treat blind intolerance, unthinking bigotry, irrational fear of Muslims and “U.S. presidential election year scapegoating.”

“We will be sending ISLAMOPHOBIN to any public figure who uses Islamophobic rhetoric, so Donald Trump is first on our list,” said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of CAIR.

A “warning” states that ISLAMOPHOBIN “may result in peaceful coexistence.”

“Side effects” of ISLAMOPHOBIN may include “warm feelings toward Muslims, immigrants or refugees and an allergy to the promotion of anti-Muslim bigotry.”

Awad said the organization has seen an unprecedented spike in anti-Muslim incidents nationwide, and CAIR will be boosting its civic engagement leading up to the November election.

“Diversity in America. Freedom of religion. It’s who we are as Americans,” Awad said.

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Speculation reached a tipping point Wednesday over whether or not Debbie Wasserman-Schultz should step down from her post as the head of the Democratic party.

The Bernie Sanders campaign has been warring with Wasserman-Schultz, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair. Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said he was being "diplomatic" by asking her to leave.

"I think someone else could play a more positive role," Weaver said when asked about whether or not he wanted her to resign during an interview on CNN.

"I think what the party needs...is a person at the end of the DNC who can help unify the party and bring the various factions of the party together," he said.

He added: "There's been a pattern of conduct which calls into question whether she can really be the kind of unifying force we need in the Democratic Party."

Weaver isn't alone. Several online petitions have been launched to remove Wasserman-Schultz. A petition on MoveOn.org has more than 83,600 signatures.

Wasserman-Schultz hasn't publicly commented on the speculation but several senators have thrown their support behind her.

Sen. Chris Coons (D-Delaware) told ABC News that the tension has not been helpful.

"I understand the anger and frustration of many in the Sanders camp who feel that from state to state the process hasn’t been as open or fair as they had hoped or wanted because they’re disappointed in the outcome, but I don’t see how replacing the chair of the DNC substantively moves us forward," Coons said.

"Continuing to pick fights that are looking backwards rather than looking forwards, I don’t see as constructive towards a goal of getting us towards a Senate Democratic majority and a Democratic president," he continued.

Sen. Barbara Boxer came to her defense, saying that Wasserman-Schultz has been handling "a very difficult primary."

"I don't see what the problem is with Debbie. I really don't," Boxer said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan Wednesday addressed rumors that he would soon be endorsing presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump during.

“I haven't made a decision,” Ryan said during a meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill, referring to the much-speculated-about endorsement. And as for when a possible announcement might come, Ryan said he has “no timeline in mind."

These are the kind of lukewarm responses and slippery semantics that Ryan and many of his congressional colleagues have employed as they try to balance their roles as conservative leaders with the expectation that most, if not all of them, will soon formally endorse Trump. Since Trump’s victory in Indiana effectively ended the campaigns of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Republicans on the Hill and those seeking re-election out on the trail have become masters of the non-endorsement endorsement.

A few use the phrase “if he is the nominee.” Others, like Ryan, have said they “plan” or “hope” to support Trump. Either way, some Republicans in Congress are using rhetorical gymnastics to bend their words around a Trump endorsement.

Last Tuesday, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who faces a tight race against Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan, who is mounting a challenge for Ayotte's seat, took pains to avoid using the word “endorse” when asked about Trump.

“I plan to vote for our nominee, but I’m not going to be endorsing. When I endorse a candidate, I’m campaigning,” Ayotte told New Hampshire Public Radio. Hassan pounced on the distinction, in press releases calling her word play a “mockery” and “nonsensical.”

And last Wednesday, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, the highest-ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives, quietly posted, “Why I Voted for Donald Trump” to her campaign Facebook page.

In her eleven-paragraph explanation for why she cast a ballot for Trump, not once did she use the word “endorse.” In fact, she did not explicitly say that she “supports” Trump.

The “E” word, “endorse,” carries the heavy burden of supporting the candidate and their policies -- and sometimes defending both. For incumbents up for re-election, placing a stamp of approval on the presumptive nominee is a risk they’re not willing to take.

Consider the Republican seat in Wisconsin held by Sen. Ron Johnson. Johnson previously said that he plans to stump for Trump, but then re-characterized his words, according to Talking Points Memo. During an appearance on Wisconsin’s “The Daily Show with Mike Daly,” he tried to clear up his perceived endorsement of Trump.

"Let me tell you precisely what I’ve said. I intend to support the Republican nominee. That’s what I’ve said. I intend to support the Republican nominee," Johnson said. “To me, support versus endorse are two totally different things."

Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk said he would support Trump, but with a qualifier -- "if Trump is the nominee.” Now Trump is the presumptive nominee, and Kirk’s campaign has yet to cozy up to the real estate mogul.

Sen. John McCain, who is facing a tougher-than-expected re-election fight in Arizona, has responded to questions about supporting Trump by referencing his stance from last fall -- "I've said all along I would support the nominee” –- but declined to go further.

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ABC News(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) -- After Donald Trump slammed New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez during a raucous rally in Albuquerque Tuesday night, the Republican governor's office is firing back.

“Governor Martinez doesn’t care about what Donald Trump says about her -- she cares about what he says he will do to help New Mexicans,” Martinez’s press secretary Mike Lonergan told ABC News in a statement. “She’s disappointed that she didn’t hear anything about that last night.”

Trump went after Martinez’s record during his New Mexico rally, quipping in jest that “maybe” he should run for governor of the state and “get this place going.”

“You’ve got to get your governor to do a better job. She’s not doing her job,” Trump said of Martinez. He went on to say that “Syrian refugees are being relocated in large numbers to New Mexico. If I was governor, that wouldn’t be happening.”

Martinez, who is considered a rising star in the GOP, is the first Latina governor and serves as the chair of the Republican Governor’s Association. To date, she has declined to endorse Trump and her office made clear that his attacks aren’t going to bring about such an endorsement.

“The Governor will not be bullied into supporting a candidate until she is convinced that candidate will fight for New Mexicans,” Lonergan said.

In his attacks on Martinez’s record, Trump specifically pinpointed the year 2000, saying “the number of people on food stamps in New Mexico has tripled” since that time. But as Martinez’s office points out, the governor wasn't elected until 2010.

“Apparently, Donald Trump doesn’t realize Governor Martinez wasn’t elected in 2000, that she has fought for welfare reform, and has strongly opposed the President’s Syrian refugee plan. But the pot shots weren’t about policy, they were about politics,” Lonergan said.

The Republican Governor's Association also came to the defense of its chairwoman, praising her contributions as governor in a statement to ABC News.

"From reducing New Mexico’s tax burden with sweeping tax reform, successfully suing the EPA for federal overreach, and making New Mexico the leader in jobs for export growth, Governor Susana Martinez has effectively instituted conservative reforms in a blue state won twice by President Obama while winning re-election by the largest margin for a Republican in state history," RGA spokesman Jen Thompson said. "Governor Martinez also has a long, dedicated record of helping elect conservative governors across the country which has helped RGA grow to 31 Republican governors. As RGA Chair this year, Governor Martinez is leading the charge in several key states that are in dire need of real leadership like she has provided in New Mexico."

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US Congress(WASHINGTON) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that he hasn't made a decision about whether to endorse Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

"I have no timeline in mind," Ryan told reporters in his office on Capitol Hill about any future announcement.

Ryan and Trump met privately at the Republican National Committee office off Capitol Hill two weeks ago, after Ryan had said he wasn't prepared to support the presumptive GOP nominee.

Ryan wouldn't speculate on why the Trump campaign continues to claim he is ready to endorse.

Asked if he thinks the Trump campaign is trying to ramp up pressure on him, Ryan told ABC News, "None of that stuff really gets to me."

"I don't worry about that stuff," he added. "I've been around a long time."

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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and some of her predecessors violated the government's policies on email use and records retention, the State Department's Inspector General says.

The department's investigative agency made the conclusion in a report released only to members of Congress and obtained by ABC News. The report examined the email practices of the five past secretaries of state and found that there was "a limited ability to retrieve email records, inaccessibility of electronic files, failure to comply with requirements for departing employees, and a general lack of oversight."

Clinton's campaign for president has been dogged by questions surrounding last year's revelation that she used a private, home-brewed email account during her entire tenure as secretary of state. She has since tuned over many of the emails from her private account, while deleting others she deemed irrelevant to her professional work.

The FBI is investigating the handling of sensitive information on that private email server to determine whether there was any criminal wrongdoing.

The report comes in response to questions from top Democrats on the House and Senate committees of jurisdiction about the email practices of the current and past four secretaries of state and their immediate staff.

About Clinton specifically, the report says she should have preserved federal records she created and received on her personal account, and that sending emails from the personal account to other employees at the department was “not an appropriate method of preserving” federal records.

Secretary of State John Kerry, along with former secretaries Madeline Albright, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, participated in interviews with the inspector general’s office.

Clinton denied a request from the office to be interviewed as part of the report, and her campaign did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says the report shows that Clinton was not the only secretary to use private email and that she is the only one who has turned them over.

"While Secretary Clinton preserved and returned tens of thousands of pages of her emails to the Department for public release, Secretary Powell returned none," the Maryland Democrat said in an emailed statement. "Republicans need to stop wasting taxpayer dollars singling out Secretary Clinton just because she is running for president."

Cummings also points out that Wednesday's report does not accuse Clinton of a crime.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of that committee, suggested Clinton took advantage of the State Department's lax enforcement of email policy.

"Those weaknesses may have been exploited by department officials for self-serving purposes,” Chaffetz of Utah said in a statement to the press.

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ABC News(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — Donald Trump may now be the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, but that doesn't stop him from reacting to hecklers in the same way he has throughout his campaign.

At a particularly turbulent rally in New Mexico on Tuesday, where demonstrators clashed with police outside of the venue, multiple protesters interrupted Trump during his speech.

Trump used his trademark "Get 'em out!" dismissal for at least one, and brushed off another by declaring it "So exciting!"

Another man's forced exit prompted Trump to go on the offensive. "He can't get a date, so he's doing this instead," he said.

The heckler that caught the most of the Donald's attention was a young boy seen shouting at Trump.

"How old is this kid? Still wearing diapers," he said. "I'm telling you the kid looks like he's 10 years old! I've never seen it."

"I said get out of here and he ran out. It was great! I wish everybody..." Trump said without finishing the sentence.

The real estate mogul and former reality show star is known for mocking and unceremoniously ejecting hecklers at his events.

At a January event in Vermont, he called for a protester to be removed without his coat. Then, in February, he mocked a protester in Massachusetts for his weight.

"You know, it's amazing. I mentioned food stamps and that guy who's seriously overweight went crazy," Trump said.

WATCH: @realDonaldTrump calls protester removed from rally "seriously overweight" https://t.co/qq3j7XuCkvhttps://t.co/qLAXeYHZTX

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 19, 2015

But one of the most controversial comments he's made about protesters was at a February event in Iowa, when he appeared to encourage his supporters to fight back against them.

"So if you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of him, would you?" he said. "I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees. I promise."

That promise didn't last long as his statements came under scrutiny the following month when one of his supporters in North Carolina did punch a protester and Trump wavered.

During an interview with Good Morning America, Trump said he doesn't condone violence, "and I didn't say I was going to pay the legal fees."

.@realDonaldTrump tells @GMA he might not pay legal fees of man who slugged protester: "I don't condone violence" https://t.co/UvZco7W1kR

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 15, 2016

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Nick Hagen for The Washington Post via Getty Images(BRIGHTON, Mich.) — Melissa Gilbert has ended her bid for Congress because of health problems.

The Little House on the Prairie star, who was running as a Democrat for Michigan's 8th congressional district, told People she's "devastated" that her doctors advised her to withdraw from the race.

"My doctors said there's no way for me to continue to deal with the incredibly rigorous demands of a congressional campaign without continuing to do harm to my body," Gilbert told the magazine.

Gilbert, 52, said she needs surgery for two herniated discs in her spine as a result of two head and neck injuries she sustained in 2012.

In April of that year, she suffered whiplash and a concussion after a fall on Dancing with the Stars. Months later, the balcony of a house she was renting in Studio City, California, collapsed over her head.

Gilbert, who had spinal surgery in 2003 to fuse another herniated disc, said the nerve damage resulting from her 2012 injuries has become unbearable.

"I have numbness in my right hand, shooting pains in my right arm and numbness in my neck," she said. "So, after years of care, my neurologists are sending me to a neurosurgeon because I need to have another spinal surgery."

"It's indescribable to have to make this decision because I had my sights set on my opponent and a lot of people around me felt that I could win," Gilbert said about dropping out of the race.

But she isn't ruling out a future run.

"I'm too engaged at this point. I know too much and there is so much that needs to be done in this district and this state and this country," said the former Screen Actors Guild president. "That's why I jumped into the race in the first place."
 
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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As speculation circulates about whom Hillary Clinton's veep pick would be, Ellen DeGeneres decided to push the process along for the Democratic candidate in a game of "Who'd You Rather?"

As a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Clinton was shown a picture of two people and she had to pick the one she would like as a running mate.

"This is very helpful," the Democratic front-runner joked. "Don't tell anyone because we want it to be a big surprise."

"Oh, Joe!" Clinton said when faced with choosing between Vice President Joe Biden or businessman Mark Cuban.

Clinton then picked Scandal star and Clinton supporter Tony Goldwyn over Biden, and picked Goldwyn once more over fellow candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Later in the game, Clinton was asked to pick between first lady Michelle Obama and DeGeneres.

"Now you have to choose and, obviously, it's me," DeGeneres said in clips that the show released in advance.

"I already offered it to you," Clinton said. "...You turned it down."

Earlier in her appearance on the show, which was taped Tuesday, Clinton was asked about Trump and his comments that he would be good for women.

"I would need a lot more information based on what I hear him say because he has been very derogatory towards all kind of women," Clinton argued, adding, "I think, overall, there is just no evidence that he has an understanding of what women’s lives are like today."

When asked whether Sanders should drop out, Clinton answered, "he has to do what he chooses to do. I understand that."

The full interview is set to air Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.

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ABC News(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) — At his rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Donald Trump took a swipe at the nation’s first — and only — Latina governor, Susana Martinez.

“Since 2000, the number of people on food stamps in New Mexico has tripled,” Trump said Tuesday. “We have to get your governor to get going. She’s got to do a better job, okay? Your governor has got to do a better job. She’s not doing the job. Hey, maybe I’ll run for governor of New Mexico!”

Martinez, a former Rubio supporter who has not endorsed Trump and did not attend his event, is currently chair of the Republican Governor’s Association. And as a Hispanic female, she falls squarely into two voting blocks that have not warmed up to Trump’s message.

In a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll, Trump was 14 percentage points behind Hillary Clinton amongst women. Hispanic voters, which make up almost half of New Mexico’s population, prefer Clinton over Trump by a whopping 48 percentage points, according to the most recent WSJ/NBC poll.

Martinez’s name was once floated as a potential Vice President pick for Trump.  

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United States House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) — Senior level Trump campaign sources confirmed to ABC News Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan will be endorsing presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

It's unclear when the endorsement will take place, but Ryan has a briefing on the House GOP agenda scheduled later Wednesday in Washington.

Its been widely reported that Trump and Ryan haven't seen eye to eye on several issues.

The Wisconsin Republican has frequently condemned Trump's campaign, including his proposed ban of Muslim immigration, and Trump's initial resistance in denouncing the Ku Klux Klan after he was endorsed by former grand wizard David Duke.

In a May 5 interview with CNN, Ryan said he wasn't ready to endorse Trump yet -- despite the billionaire mogul's decisive win in the Indiana primary that knocked out his final two contenders and catapulted him to the status of the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee heading into July's convention.

Trump shot back during an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he didn't think the Republican Party needed to be unified behind his candidacy.

After much back and forth, Ryan and Trump finally decided to meet in Washington with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus also in attendance.

The following week Trump arrived to Washington -- under the swarm of media -- to make a stop to Capitol Hill at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee.

After the meeting took place, Ryan and Trump issued a joint statement calling for Republicans to "unite around our shared principles, advance a conservative agenda and do all we can to win this fall."

However, Ryan still wasn't ready to get behind Trump yet.


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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The Sanders campaign has officially requested a recanvass of the vote from the May 17 Kentucky Democratic primary. The goal seems to be earning the one remaining delegate in the neck-and-neck contest.

In a letter to Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes -- a Hillary Clinton supporter -- sent Tuesday and signed by Bernie Sanders himself, Sanders requests a "full and complete check and recanvass of every one of the voting machines and absentee ballots from all precincts in all 120 counties involving the Democratic presidential race from the 2016 primary election."

A press release from Grimes' office confirms she received the request from the Sanders campaign.

“My office is notifying all county boards of elections that Sen. Sanders has requested a recanvass, and we are reminding them of the laws and procedures to be followed,” said Grimes. “As always, we will assist the county boards of elections in any way we can.”

The race has not been officially called, but Clinton leads Sanders by only 1,924. They both earned 27 delegates and Clinton has the support of two additional superdelegates. There is one remaining delegate, and this recanvass seems to be an effort by the Sanders campaign to earn that one delegate, which covers the sixth congressional district. The district in question includes the state's second largest city, Lexington, and the state capital, Frankfort.

A recanvass is not a recount, according to the secretary of state's office. The county boards of elections will convene Thursday morning to "recheck and recanvass the voting machines, per Kentucky law." A recanvass could possibly find human error, but it is unlikely to change anything dramatically in the vote count.

The Clinton campaign says they are aware Sanders wants a recanvass and they're not going to contest him.

"They've been all over the map," an aide said about the Sanders camp and the contesting of the vote. "I'm not sure what the net impact will be going forward."

The campaign also noted that Sanders could use this as a fundraising tactic. "He has a cash flow problem," an aide said, referring to Sanders' recent decrease in donations.

On primary night, Grimes said Clinton was the "apparent winner" and Clinton declared herself the victor, but no official call has been made in the race.

According to the secretary of state's office, the “results of the primaries and election results are not official until the state board of results certifies the results on May [31].”

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ABC/ Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Clinton appears to be taking a three-pronged approach when it comes to Donald Trump.

While campaigning in Los Angeles Tuesday, the Democratic presidential front-runner delivered roughly 40-minutes of remarks in which she hit the Republican presidential candidate on everything from his business record, to his taxes, to foreign policy, to his ego and personality.

The attacks got to the corps of what is likely to be Clinton's general election Trump strategy: Cast Trump as a bad businessman, go after him for being dangerous on foreign policy, and paint him as not being an easy person to work with. (Meanwhile, ignore his attacks against her husband, Bill Clinton.)

Here’s a breakdown of the three approaches Clinton is taking -- and what she said Tuesday to make her case.

Strategy No. 1: Cast Trump as a Bad Businessman

Here’s what she said: Clinton started by accusing the real estate mogul of rooting for the housing market crash during the Great Recession (so “he could take advantage of it to make some money for himself,” she said), and for having failed business ventures. “He has experience in bankruptcy right?” she asked the crowd. "So you know I don’t know if that’s one of the qualifications for running for president, but I kind of doubt it.”

Clinton also called on Trump to release his tax returns and suggested he may have never paid any federal income taxes ever. However, according to New Jersey officials who saw his tax returns, Trump has paid taxes: He paid $18,714 in 1975, $10,832 in 1976 and $42,386 in 1977.

Strategy No. 2: Peg Trump as Dangerous When It Comes to Foreign Policy

Here's what she said: As she often does, Clinton went after Trump for his foreign policy proposals such as banning Muslims from entering the United States and for wanting to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border. (Trump has since said that his controversial plan to ban most Muslims from entering the U.S. is "just a suggestion.") She warned that these policies will only backfire. “Loose talk, like a loose cannon, can misfire,” she said.

The former secretary of state continued by saying Trump praised North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. "He has praised the dictator in North Korea,” she exclaimed. “Although I was kind of struck today when spokesman from North Korea said they are not interested in talking to Donald Trump. I suppose that is a blessing -- I guess, right?” (Trump has only said that he would have "no problem" speaking to the North Korean leader.)

Meanwhile, Clinton talked up her own foreign experience -- going into a detailed account of her role in the raid against Osama bin Laden.

Strategy No. 3: Paint Trump as Being Difficult to Work With

Here’s what she said: Lastly, Clinton accused Trump of having a personality unfit for the president’s office.

“In a democracy you cannot order other elected officials to do something. You have to build a relationship you have to work with them. You can’t say to the senator from some state, 'You’re fired,’” she joked, referring to Trump's famous line on his reality TV show, "The Apprentice." "That’s not the way the government works.”

Earlier, she accused him of speaking without thinking. “You know here’s a person running for president, who calls in to shows and basically says whatever the thought of the day might be,” she said, to laughter. "You know, I mean, call me old fashioned, I think it matters ... what you’re saying when you’re running for president and it really matters when you are president.”

Clinton’s Trump-focused speech came just one day after her potential future opponent brought up Bill Clinton's old sex scandals in an Instagram video. Clinton did not address that video Tuesday.

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