By Michael Sol Warren
BU News Service
The front runners lived up to expectations in the New York primary elections Tuesday night.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New York businessman Donald Trump won the state’s Democratic and Republican primary elections, respectively. And they both did so comfortably.
The Republican race was called for Trump within a minute of the polls closing at 9 p.m. EST. Trump finished with 60.5 percent of the vote, while Ohio Governor John Kasich trailed in second with 25.1 percent and Texas Senator Ted Cruz finished third with 14.5 percent.
Trump won every county and borough in New York except one. Ironically, that one was Manhattan, the borough in which the businessman actually lives. Kasich edged Trump in Manhattan, 45 percent to 41 percent.
At the time of publication, Trump had claimed 89 of the 95 available delegates in the Republican race; Kasich took three delegates. Trump now has 846 delegates. Cruz trails with 544 while Kasich remains third with 149 delegates. A candidate needs 1,237 delegates to clinch the G.O.P. nomination before the party’s convention.
The Democratic race was closer, but not by much. Clinton carried the New York City metro area on her way to holding off Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ upstate advance. Clinton defeated Sanders by nearly 16 points, 57.9 percent to 42.1 percent.
The defeat is a big blow to Sanders, who had built momentum after winning a string of states heading into the day. When polls opened Tuesday morning, the Senator had pulled nearly even with Clinton in his chances to win.
At the time of publication, Clinton had claimed 139 of the available 247 delegates* in New York while Sanders took home 106. Clinton now leads the overall race with 1,446 delegates, while Sanders trails with 1,205 delegates. A candidate needs 2,383 delegates to claim the Democratic nomination before the party’s convention.
The next races for both parties are Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island on April 26.
*Delegate totals in this article only include pledged delegates. Unpledged “Superdelegates” are not included because they can change their commitment at any point before the party’s convention.