Hillary Clinton wins decisive victory over Bernie Sanders in New York primary
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Hillary Clinton clinched a decisive victory over Bernie Sanders in New York on Tuesday, crushing hopes among his supporters that a recent winning streak could change the direction of the Democratic presidential race.
In the Republican race, Donald Trump swept to victory in his home state, reviving his hopes of winning the Republican party nomination outright.
Clinton’s projected win by the Associated Press came 45 minutes after polls closed and suggested a commanding performance that could see her take a clear majority of the 247 delegates on offer and extend her national lead.
Appearing at a victory rally in Midtown Manhattan, the former secretary of state said: “Tonight, the race for the Democratic nomination is in the home stretch and victory is in sight.”
However, she stopped short of calling on her leftwing opponent to drop out, adding: “I am going forward because more voices remain to be heard,” and telling his supporters: “I believe there is much more that unites us than divides us.”
With over 98.4% of the votes tallied, Clinton led 57.9% to 42.1% and was ahead in New York City. With more than 1.7m Democratic votes counted, Clinton held a lead in excess of 280,000. By midnight local time she had won 135 delegates to 104 for Sanders.
A Top New York City Official Just Ordered an Audit of Elections Board
| April 19, 2016
New York City comptroller Scott Stringer has ordered a full audit of the city’s Board of Elections after widespread complaints over the voting process.
As the city comptroller, Stringer has the authority to conduct performance audits of all state agencies, including the Board of Elections. Stringer’s order of a full audit comes after the news that 126,000 voters in Brooklyn were quietly purged from county voter rolls over the last five months, and in response to the news of polling places opening two hours late and voting machines not working. Stringer issued a public statement Tuesday afternoon, describing the Board of Elections as “disorganized, chaotic and inefficient.”
“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. The people of New York City have lost confidence that the Board of Elections can effectively administer elections and we intend to find out why the BOE is so consistently disorganized, chaotic and inefficient. With four elections in New York City in 2016 alone, we don’t have a moment to spare.”
In an official letter to Board of Elections executive director Michael Ryan, Stringer asked Ryan for the agency’s response in how it conducts poll site operations, communications with voters, training of poll workers, and complaints of voter disenfranchisement.
“All New Yorkers deserve an electoral system that is free, fair and efficient — not one riddled with chaos and confusion,” Stringer wrote.
As of this writing, the Board of Elections has yet to respond to Stringer’s letter. New York polls remain open until 9 p.m. Eastern Time.
Rosette Newcomb is a political science graduate from the City University of New York. She covers the 2016 election and social movements for US Uncut. She lives in Queens. Contact her at email@example.com.