New York democrats prefer adopted daughter, Hillary Clinton over Brooklyn native Bernie Sanders
Hillary Clinton cruised to victory in the heated primary in her adopted home state of New York on Tuesday, edging out native son Sen. Bernie Sanders with a commanding victory that pops the air out of what had seemed to be the outsider candidate’s growing momentum.
The Democratic election — which both sides battled hard for — was called for Clinton just 40 minutes after the state’s polls closed at 9 p.m. Later in the evening, she was still cruising with a 57.5%-to-42.5% lead.
She appeared to win all five boroughs in the city, including Brooklyn — where the Vermont senator was born and where he heavily courted the hipster and youth demographic.
But despite those efforts — which included a rally that drew 28,000 in Prospect Park on Sunday — Clinton won Brooklyn with around 60% of the votes, according to the city’s Board of Elections.
“Thank you, New York. You put your faith in me 16 years ago and again tonight. I’ll never stop fighting for you,” Clinton tweeted shortly after being declared the victor.
At her victory party in Midtown — where a huge roar went up when she was named the winner — a glowing Clinton said the victory had special meaning for her.
“There’s no place like home,” she crowed.
She added, “We’ve won in every region of the country, from the North to the South, to the East to the West, but this one is personal.”
At one point during the speech, she had to stop as the crowd chanted “Hillary!” over and over. Both Democrats had battled to claim a New York victory, which would carry heavy symbolism for each campaign.
Hillary Clinton joyously celebrates with supporters at the Sheraton hotel in Times Square Tuesday night.
She was joined by daughter Chelsea, son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
Sanders had tried to appeal to the state’s history as a bastion of progressive values — at one point releasing an ad that featured Franklin D. Roosevelt, another New York native.
But his ties to the city were so faded he thought tokens were still in use in the subway system, and Clinton had far more institutional support from the city’s reigning political elite, including Gov. Cuomo, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor de Blasio.
And his late surge in popularity combined with the state’s closed primary system likely shut out many voters who would have supported the previously little-known candidate.
Sanders blamed the system even before he lost during his final day campaigning in Times Square. Bernie Sanders fought hard but couldn’t defeat Hillary Clinton in New York.
Bernie Sanders fought hard but couldn’t defeat Hillary Clinton in New York.
“Today, 3 million people in the state of New York who are independents have lost their right to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary. That’s wrong,” he said.
“You’re paying for this election. It’s administered by the state. You have a right to vote. And that’s a very unfortunate thing, which I hope will change.”
In an earlier radio interview, he said a New York victory was important.
“It is important that we do very, very well here today. We need delegates, and I hope we are going to win some tonight,” he said in an interview on WABC on “Election Central with Rita Cosby.”
But he also said he wouldn’t give up the White House race if he lost New York.
“We’re going to California, the people of every state in this country must have the right to make a choice about who they want to be the Democratic nominee, and that’s certainly going to happen,” he said. “We’re going to the convention in Philadelphia.”
The Clintons (left)cast their New York primary votes in Chappaqua
The Clinton campaign appears resigned to his presence in the race, but campaign spokesman Brian Fallon warned Sanders on Tuesday to watch his “tone” or risk torching the race for the Democrats come November when they face off against the GOP.
“The tone of the attacks was suggesting that if the Democratic Party doesn’t see fit to nominate Bernie Sanders, then it’s not a party worth supporting,” he said in an interview on CNN earlier Tuesday.
Supporters of Hillary Clinton celebrate at her New York primary campaign headquarters on
Photo: Kathy Willens/AP
Supporters of Hillary Clinton celebrate at her New York primary campaign headquarters on Tuesday in New York.
“And that is poisonous rhetoric that would seriously impair our party’s ability to come together in these closing weeks.”
Fallon was referring to allegations Sanders made Monday, in which he accused Clinton and the Democratic National Committee of possibly violating campaign finance laws under the terms of their joint fund-raising deal.
Both the DNC and Clinton’s team denied any wrongdoing with the deal, which is similar to one that President Obama had in 2008 and 2012.
Fallon said Tuesday that he expects a “spirited contest” in the coming weeks, but that Sanders should avoid attacking the DNC and Clinton, or risk becoming a “Ralph Nader-type spoiler in this Democratic primary.”
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