New York Primary: Trump Wins GOP by Significant Margin, Clinton Beats Sanders

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Donald Trump after winning the New York Republican primary, April 19, 2016.
Donald Trump after winning the New York Republican primary, April 19, 2016.Credit: Shannon Stapleton, Reuters

Clinton picks up at least 135 of 247 delegates at stake

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton is picking up a majority of New York's delegates with her win Tuesday over Bernie Sanders.

With 247 delegates at stake, Clinton will pick up at least 135. Sanders will win at least 104. Eight remain to be allocated pending final vote tallies.

Based on primaries and caucuses to date, Clinton now has 1,424 delegates to Sanders' 1,149.

When including superdelegates, or party officials who can back any candidate, Clinton's lead is bigger — 1,893 to Sanders' 1,180.

It takes 2,383 to win.

Sanders needs to win 71 percent of the remaining delegates and uncommitted superdelegates if he still hopes to win the nomination.

Cruz mathematically eliminated after Trump's win

Donald Trump is now the only Republican candidate with any chance of clinching the nomination before the convention.

Ted Cruz was mathematically eliminated Tuesday after Trump's big win in the New York primary.

Trump won at least 89 of the 95 delegates at stake. John Kasich won at least three and Cruz was in danger of being shut out.

There aren't enough delegates left in future contests for either Cruz or Kasich to reach the 1,237 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination. Their only hope is to block Trump and force a contested convention.

Sanders' top adviser says he still has a way to win

A top adviser to Bernie Sanders says the senator still has a path to the Democratic presidential nomination but will need to perform well in primary contests next week.

Senior adviser Tad Devine spoke in a phone interview after Hillary Clinton defeated Sanders in New York by a convincing margin. He says Sanders "never counted on winning New York — this is her home state."

Devine says there are "still a pretty good number of delegates left. We have to win most of the states. We have to win enough delegates to make up the difference."

Devine says the Sanders campaign will see how it does next week in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut and then "assess where we are."

Clinton picks up at least 104 of 247 delegates at stake

Hillary Clinton is solidifying her big delegate lead after a win in New York.

With 247 delegates at stake, Clinton will pick up at least 104 while Bernie Sanders will gain at least 85. Many remain to be allocated, pending final vote tallies.

Based on primaries and caucuses to date, Clinton now has 1,393 delegates to Sanders' 1,130.

When including superdelegates, party officials who can back any candidate, Clinton's lead is even bigger, 1,862 to 1,161.

Before New York's contest, Sanders needed to win 68 percent of remaining delegates and uncommitted superdelegates to catch Clinton.

That bar is on track to become even higher, heading into a set of contests next week in the Northeast that are expected to favor Clinton.

It takes 2,383 delegates to win the nomination.

Trump claims at least 48 of 95 delegates at stake

Donald Trump is headed toward a big delegate haul in his home state of New York.

Trump won at least 48 of the 95 delegates at stake in Tuesday's primary, and he is likely to add to his tally as more votes are counted in individual congressional districts.

He did it by getting more than 50 percent of the vote.

There are 47 delegates left to be allocated. No one else has claimed any so far.

The win could help put Trump on a path to win the nomination by the end of the primaries June 7 — if he can keep winning.

The AP delegate count:

Trump: 804.

Ted Cruz: 559.

John Kasich: 144.

Needed to win: 1,237.

Clinton says 'victory is in sight,' reaches out to Sanders supporters

Hillary Clinton is all but declaring victory in the Democratic primaries, telling raucous supporters in New York that the race for the nomination "is in the home stretch and victory is in sight."

Clinton is addressing supporters after her convincing win in her home state against Democratic opponent Bernie Sanders. In a nod to her role as a New York senator a decade ago, she tells supporters they helped prove "once again, there's no place like home."

Clinton is reaching out to the supporters of Sanders, telling them she believes "there is much more that unites us than divides us."

The former secretary of state was winning by large margins in New York City's five boroughs, which hold more than half the votes in a Democratic primary.

NYC comptroller orders audit of city's Board of Elections

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer has ordered an audit of the city's Board of Elections after reports that some voters were turned away from poll sites during the state's presidential primary.

The agency's executive director dismissed the issues Tuesday, saying few people experienced problems.

The comptroller's concerns were based partly on statistics showing that the number of registered Democrats and Republicans in Brooklyn fell by around 64,000 between Nov. 1 and April 1.

Elections officials said that was part of a routine review to cancel the registrations of people who haven't voted in recent elections and didn't respond to notices asking them to confirm their address.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he supported Stringer's audit.

A state voter hotline received more than 700 complaints by Tuesday afternoon.

Trump: Cruz is just about mathematically eliminated

Donald Trump, fresh off a commanding victory in the Republican primary in his home state of New York, is suggesting he may soon have the race in hand.

Trump, speaking Tuesday night in Trump Tower, says Senator Ted Cruz "is just about mathematically eliminated" from clinching the delegates needed to win outright before the national convention.

"We don't have much of a race anymore," says Trump, declaring that his campaign is "really rocking" and he could have the nomination sown up before the party convention in Cleveland.

Clinton projected to win New York Democratic primary

Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential primary in New York, which she represented in the U.S. Senate for eight years.

Clinton beat out rival Bernie Sanders in Tuesday's election, further extending her lead in the delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination.

Most Democratic primary voters see Clinton as the best candidate to face Donald Trump if he is the Republican nominee in November, and 7 in 10 see her as the most likely eventual nominee.

Before Tuesday, Clinton led Sanders 1,292 to 1,042 in the delegate count. When including superdelegates, the AP count had Clinton at 1,761 and Sanders at 1,073.

Most of New York's Democratic delegates are awarded on a proportional basis by the outcome in each congressional district. New York has 247 pledged delegates at stake.

Cruz dismisses New York loss, focuses on Pennsylvania

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is trying to move beyond a crushing defeat in New York, which he is dismissing as merely "a politician winning his home state."

Instead, he is pivoting with a sweeping call to unite the Republican Party by painting himself as the outsider able to capture the imagination of a party searching for leadership.

Already moving on to Pennsylvania, Cruz is saying: "This generation needs to answer a new set of questions. Can we? Should we? Will we?"

Cruz is comparing his candidacy to Ronald Reagan's and John F. Kennedy's, asking the Pennsylvania audience, "Are we still those people, those dreamers and doers?"

The Pennsylvania primary is April 26.

Donald Trump projected to win New York's GOP primary

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has won the primary in his home state of New York.

Trump was widely expected to beat his rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich in Tuesday's election. The precise allocation of delegates from the state won't be determined until the vote results are calculated by congressional district, but Trump is certain to extend his delegate lead and come closer to the 1,237 delegates required to clinch the party's nomination.

Early results of the exit poll in the state show a large majority of New York Republicans want the next president to be a political outsider.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Trump had amassed 756 delegates, while Cruz had 559 and Kasich had 144.

Trump to mark NY primary results in Trump Tower

Donald Trump will mark the results of the New York primary with a press conference in the Manhattan skyscraper he calls home.

Trump is expected to address the media Tuesday night sometime after polls close in his native state. He has held a commanding lead in all recent state polls.

The lobby of Trump Tower has been festooned with patriotic touches: a large American flag is hanging behind the podium from which Trump will speak and portions of the lobby are bathed in red, white and blue lights.

Unlike most other candidates, Trump usually eschews large election night rallies, instead choosing to address reporters and a small group of friends and supporters.

6 in 10 Republican voters support temporary Muslim ban, exit polls show

Six in 10 New York Republicans say they prefer giving people in the country illegally the opportunity to apply for legal status. Only a third of New York GOP voters say they would rather see them deported.

At the same time, though, 6 in 10 Republican voters support temporarily banning Muslims from entering the country.

New Mexico's GOP governor opposes Trump's border wall plan

New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez is expressing fundamental differences with presidential candidate Donald Trump on his proposal to build a bigger wall along the southern U.S. border and make Mexico pay for it.

Martinez told the Associated Press on Tuesday that building fences can impact the U.S. economy and relationship with trading partners in Mexico and farther south.

The chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association confirmed comments made behind closed doors as she traveled last week to a Republican gala in New York City attended by Trump, and a Republican Governors Association fundraiser in Florida.

Martinez is frequently mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick. She says she understands the need for a secure border as a former prosecutor who has lived near the border for some 50 years.

Donald Trump talks to reporters just before casting his ballot in New York, April 19, 2016. Credit: Seth Wenig, AP

Hundreds of voters complain of problems at polling places

Hundreds of voters have complained to New York's attorney general about problems at polling places during the state's presidential primary.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's voter hotline received 562 phone calls and 140 emails by late afternoon Tuesday. That's compared to 150 complaints received during the 2012 general election.

A Schneiderman spokesman says this year's total number of election complaints is "by far" the most it's handled since Schneiderman took office in 2011.

The complaints include registration problems, a lack of privacy at the voting booth, accessibility and poor instructions from poll workers.

Schneiderman's office says it received many complaints from people complaining that they were not allowed to cast a primary ballot because they had not registered with a political party.

Sanders: Clinton is 'getting a little bit nervous'

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is telling thousands of supporters at Penn State that his rival Hillary Clinton is "getting a little bit nervous" by his recent string of wins.

Sanders addressed the boisterous crowd in Pennsylvania Tuesday as New Yorkers voted in their state's crucial presidential primary.

Earlier, in an interview with The Associated Press, Sanders said he expects his campaign will "surprise" people and do "a lot better than people think."

He dismissed claims by the Clinton campaign that his path to victory is "close to impossible," saying "that's what people who are getting nervous will say."

Bernie Sanders waves to the crowd at Penn state University, April 19, 2016.Credit: Mary Altaffer, AP

Dems, GOP voters all concerned about Wall Street's influence

New Yorkers— Democrats and Republicans alike— are concerned about the economy. And many in both parties are worried about the influence of Wall Street.

Large majorities of voters in either primary Tuesday said they are concerned about the direction of the national economy, and voters on both sides were most likely choose it as the top issue facing the country, according to early results of exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research.

About 6 in 10 Democrats regard Wall Street as detrimental to the U.S. economy, while 3 in 10 say the New York City financial sector helps. GOP voters were nearly even on the question.

New York City watchdog decries 'irregularities' in primary voting

A New York City official ordered on Tuesday an audit of the city's board of elections, citing "deep concern over widespread reports of poll site problems and irregularities" as voters cast their ballots in the state's primary election.

"There is nothing more sacred in our nation than the right to vote, yet election after election, reports come in of people who were inexplicably purged from the polls, told to vote at the wrong location or unable to get in to their polling site," city Comptroller Scott Stringer said.

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