Apr 20, 2016 (LBO) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won New York’s Democratic primary reasserting her position over rival Bernie Sanders in the fight for the presidential nomination.
In the Republican contest, Donald Trump defeated Ohio Governor John Kasich and Texas Senator Ted Cruz by a wide margin.
Sanders had surged over the past several weeks, winning seven of the eight primaries and caucuses and attracting crowds of as much as 28,000 at rallies, but Clinton’s lead may now be unstoppable.
The New York vote “was make-or-break” for Sanders, said Joe Trippi, a Democratic consultant who advised numerous presidential campaigns. “On the 26th, that’s going to start slamming the door on him,” he said, according to a Bloomberg report.
Clinton now is looking to primaries April 26 in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Rhode Island, after which her campaign hopes to have accumulated a lead in delegates that would be almost impossible for Sanders to overcome.
Clinton says her lead in pledged delegates over Sanders already is larger than any advantage Barack Obama had over her in their 2008 primary fight.
Including superdelegates — party leaders and officials who are free to change their support — Clinton led the delegate race before Tuesday’s vote 1,758 to 1,076, according to an Associated Press tally. New York has 291 delegates available in the Democratic primary.