By Julie Pace and Lisa Lerer
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Claiming her place in history, Hillary Clinton declared victory Tuesday night in her bruising battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party and casting herself as the beneficiary of generations who fought for equality.
Clinton won Democratic primaries in New Mexico, New Jersey and South Dakota, three of the six states voting Tuesday.
The California primary remained too close to call.