In a momentum-building and galvanizing victory for her campaign, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defeated Sen. Bernie Sanders in Tuesday’s New York Democratic primary. Secretary Clinton earned 58 percent of votes in her home state, versus Sen. Sanders’ 42 percent.
"The race for the nomination is in the home stretch, and victory is in sight," Clinton announced to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters celebrating her big win.
Clinton earned at least 135 of the 247 Democratic delegates up for grabs in New York, while Sanders claimed at least 104. Sen. Sanders criticized the state’s closed primary system, which only allows registered Democrats and Republicans to vote in those parties’ respective contests. That system, however, is one New Yorkers are familiar with, as it was put in place long before any recent election cycles. Secretary Clinton focused on her pride as New York resident and former senator, and drew attention to Sen. Sanders’ promised approach to tackling issues, which she views as vague and untenable beyond the platform of his campaign.
"Under the bright lights of New York, we have seen that it’s not enough to diagnose problems, you have to explain how you'd actually solve the problem," Secretary Clinton said.
Secretary Clinton performed best among women, black and Latino voters, The New York Times reported. Sen. Sanders took the most votes from white men and people under 45.
On the Republican side of the spectrum, Donald Trump swept his party’s New York primary with 60.5 percent of the vote with nearly all precincts reporting. John Kasich won just over 25 percent of votes, with Sen. Ted Cruz coming in last at 14.5 percent.
Check out a noteworthy breakdown of the Democratic primary demographics in The New York Time's map, "How Every New York City Neighborhood Voted in the Democratic Primary."