Tuesday, April 19 was the New York state primary, set to play an important role in deciding who will win the Democratic nomination — Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders — and the Republican nomination — Donald Trump or Ted Cruz — and it did not disappoint.
Clinton had stumbled in the previous primaries and caucuses, having lost seven of the last eight to Sanders in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming, as they did not chip much away at Clinton’s lead.
Trump, who has been the Republican frontrunner the entire primary season, had also lost some of his edge going into yesterday after losing 40 delegates to Cruz in Utah last month and another 36 in Wisconsin at the beginning of April.
That changed after Tuesday, as both Clinton and Trump took home big wins that likely secured their nominations.
The Associated Press called the race seconds after the polls closed, awarding the victory to Donald Trump, which wasn’t much of a surprise. The question was never whether the New York billionaire would win in his home state so much as by how much.
CNN’s exit polls showed that Trump won New York by over 60 percent and took 89 of the 95 available delegates, including the 14 at-large delegates awarded for winning by over 50 percent.
John Kasich managed to shave off a few delegates for himself as well — just three — which was still a more successful night than the one Ted Cruz had. He received zero delegates after predicting his loss before voting even began.
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Cruz brushed off the loss during a speech in Philadelphia, saying it was “a politician tonight winning his home state,” but should reasonably be more worried than he tried to sound.
Trump now has 845 of the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination, with five races on April 26 (Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island) that some have said will be quite friendly to Trump.
Not to mention that this crushing loss makes it statistically impossible for Cruz to win.
“We don’t have much of a race anymore,” Trump said at his victory speech.
Sanders spent around $2 million more on television ads in New York than the Clinton campaign did (about $7 million in total), The New York Times reported, but it wasn’t enough to make a dent in Clinton’s “home” state, where she was a senator from 2001 to 2009.
Unsurprisingly, Sanders won over 50 percent of the 18-29 demographic, according to CNN’s exit polls, especially around counties with liberal college campuses. But Clinton won every age group over 30, and that’s what made the difference. She also took an overwhelming 75 percent of the Black vote and 64 percent of the Latino vote.
Clinton won just under 58 percent overall, giving her another 136 delegates. That puts her at 1,428 to Sanders’ 1,151 — not including the 426 super delegates she has to Sanders’ 31.
Now, Clinton only needs 697 more delegates to secure a nomination.
“The race for the Democratic nomination is in the home stretch,” Clinton said last night, “and victory is in sight.”
Sanders is expected to have a good showing in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island next week, but will have to battle in Delaware and Maryland.