Clinton and Trump Take New York
The front-runners win big in the Empire State.
Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and Republican front-runner Donald Trump were expecting big wins in the primaries in their home state of New York on Tuesday. They each got exactly that.
Clinton racked up 58 percent of the votes, beating her opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The win gives her a much-needed boost after losing seven of the last eight state contests to Sanders.
Trump’s victory in New York also helped him rebound after recent setbacks. Earlier this month, he lost the Wisconsin primary to Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. In the New York primary, Trump won easily, with 60 percent of the Republican votes. Governor John Kasich of Ohio came in a distant second with 25 percent, and Cruz was third with almost 15 percent.
The Big Apple’s Big Prize
The New York primary was an important one in the competition for delegates (members of a political party who will nominate the party’s official candidate at their convention this summer). The number of delegates awarded in an election is based on population. States with more people have more delegates. New York is the fourth most populous state, so it was a big prize, with 245 Democratic delegates and 92 Republican delegates up for grabs.
A Democratic candidate needs to win 2,383 delegates to secure the nomination. Clinton now has a commanding lead over Sanders. She has 1,446 delegates compared with Sanders’s 1,200. Political experts say it would be extremely difficult for Sanders to overtake Clinton.
For the Republicans, a candidate needs 1,237 delegates to win the nomination. Trump now has 844 delegates, while Cruz is in second with 543.
Trump’s close ties to New York gave him an advantage in the primary. He was raised in Queens, New York, and owns several buildings throughout New York City.
For the Democrats, the New York primary was also a battle over home turf. Clinton lives in Chappaqua, New York, and she served as a United States senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009. Sanders was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.
The next big test for the candidates will come on April 26, when five states will hold primary contests.