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Clinton, Trump win New York primary races

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    Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won in New York today.

NEW YORK >> Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton swept to resounding victories in Tuesday’s New York primary, with Trump bouncing back from a difficult stretch in his Republican campaign and Clinton pushing tantalizingly close to locking up the Democratic nomination.

“The race for the nomination is in the home stretch, and victory is in sight,” Clinton declared to cheering supporters.

Trump captured more than 50 percent of the vote in New York and was headed toward a big delegate haul in his home state, a commanding showing that keeps him on a path to the GOP nomination if he continues to win. He claimed at least half of the 95 delegates at stake Tuesday, and was likely to add to his tally in individual congressional districts.

A confident Trump insisted it was “impossible” for his rivals to catch him.

“We don’t have much of a race anymore,” he said during a victory rally in the lobby of the Manhattan tower bearing his name. He peppered his brash remarks with more references to the economy and other policy proposals than normal, reflecting the influence of a new team of advisers seeking to professionalize his campaign.

Clinton’s triumph padded her delegate lead over rival Bernie Sanders and strengthened her claim to the Democratic nomination that eluded her eight years ago. In a shift toward the general election, she made a direct appeal to Sanders’ loyal supporters, telling them she believes “there is more that unites us than divides us.”

With 247 delegates at stake, Clinton picked up at least 104 while Sanders gained at least 85. Many remained to be allocated, pending final vote tallies

Sanders energized young people and liberals in New York, as he has across the country, but it wasn’t enough to pull off the upset victory he desperately needed to change the trajectory of the Democratic race. Still, the Vermont senator vowed to keep competing.

“We’ve got a shot to victory,” Sanders said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We have come a very long way in the last 11 months, and we are going to fight this out until the end of the process.”

The fight for New York’s delegate haul consumed the presidential contenders for two weeks, an eternity in the fast-moving White House race. Candidates blanketed every corner of New York, bidding for votes from Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs to the working class cities and rural enclaves that dot the rest of the state.

The nominating contests will stay centered in the Northeast in the coming days, with Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania all holding contests next week. Sanders spent Tuesday in Pennsylvania, as did Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Trump’s closest rival.

Cruz panned Trump’s win as little more than “a politician winning his home state,” then implored Republicans to unite around his candidacy.

“We must unite the Republican Party because doing so is the first step in uniting all Americans,” Cruz said in remarks read off a teleprompter.

Trump needed a strong showing to keep alive his chances of clinching the GOP nomination before the party’s July convention — and to quiet critics who say the long primary season has exposed big deficiencies in his campaign effort.

Having spent months relying on a slim staff, Trump has started hiring more seasoned campaign veterans. He’s acknowledged that bringing new people into his orbit may cause some strife, but says the moves were necessary at this stage of the race.

Cruz is trying to stay close enough in the delegate count to push the GOP race to a contested convention. His campaign feels confident that it’s mastered the complicated process of lining up individual delegates who could shift their support to the Texas senator after a first round of convention balloting.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the only other Republican left in the race, sought to add to his scant delegate total in New York and keep up his bid to play a long-shot spoiler at the convention. He bested Cruz on Tuesday and is refusing to end his campaign despite winning only his home state.

Trump’s political strength, though he boasts of drawing new members to the party, has left some Republicans concerned that his nomination could splinter the GOP. Among Republican voters in New York, nearly 6 in 10 said the nominating contest is dividing the party, according to exit polls.

The surveys were conducted by Edison Research for The Associated Press and television networks.

Trump leads the GOP race with 756 delegates, ahead of Cruz with 559 and Kasich with 144. Securing the GOP nomination requires 1,237.

Among Democrats, Clinton now has 1,862 delegates to Sanders’ 1,161. Those totals include both pledged delegates from primaries and caucuses and superdelegates, the party insiders who can back the candidate of their choice regardless of how their state votes. It takes 2,383 to win the Democratic nomination.

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  • Just maybe the possibility of a third party be injected in the general election and we the people have a choice other than these two “imposters”?

  • The corrupt Democrat Party has already decided to nominate a very defective candidate, but the establishment Republicans have been unable to elect their candidate. Voters are going to have to wait until the Republican Convention to find out who will represent the party.

  • This would be a sure WIN for Trump should Hillary Get the Nomination! Wow! did Bernie get Spanked or what!! And Ted Cruz ?? OMG even worse!
    C’mon now Donald your’e almost there! Let’s take America back from all the lunacy in this country and especially ALL OF THIS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS ! You along with the MILLIONS of Americans who voted for you, CAN Make America Great Again! Good job!

    • If it is Trump vs Hillary, Trump wil probably lose to Hillary as Romney lost to Obama. The exit polls that Fox and other news orgs give do NOT reflect the true number of people who keep their voting choices to themselves. Just the way if Mufi iwere to run again he will automatically get about 12% of the vote, including the SHOPO union president endorsement only because of the way he ‘looks’. There are just not enough disenfranchised Caucasian voters post Obama in the US to defeat Hillary who will get the majority Hispanic, African American and Asian vote and the almost 50% who do NOT pay any Federal income taxes. Trump can pretend to change his tone once he gets the Repub nomination but that is like trying to rehab Paula Dean, Michael Richards or Mel Gibson and try to pass them off as not being racist. Then Repubs in the know are aware of this and are hoping and praying for a brokered Repub convention.

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