Empire state of mind: Trump, Clinton win New York

Donald Trump wins New York.
Online photo.

Donald Trump wins New York. Online photo.

Of the remaining presidential candidates, only two of three with hometown ties to the state of New York were victorious after the presidential primaries on Tuesday.

Donald Trump is a native of Queens, Hillary Clinton served as a New York senator for eight years and Bernie Sanders was born and raised in Brooklyn.

“We don’t have much of a race anymore,” Trump said in his victory speech in New York Tuesday night.

Trump won his home state, New York, beating Ohio Sen. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with almost 62 percent of the vote, as of 9:20 p.m.

If the former reality-TV star wins more than half of the statewide vote as well as all of New York’s 27 congressional districts, he will be rewarded with all 95 delegates from the Empire State, according to CNN.

After a series of losses to Cruz, Trump’s win in New York extends his overall delegate-count lead to more than 200.

Coming in last on Tuesday night, Cruz focused his concession speech on uniting the Republican Party.

“I’m so excited to share with you what America has learned over the past few months, and it has nothing to do with a politician winning his home state,” Cruz said Tuesday night in Philadelphia. “We must unite the Republican Party because doing so is the first step to uniting all Americans. Let us unite on the things that have always made us great.”

On the Democratic side, New York offered up 247 delegates, and former Secretary of State Clinton won more than 100 of them.

Clinton has lost eight of the last nine Democratic primaries to Sanders, and according to CNN, her win in New York only validated her campaign and provided a boost of momentum after her previous losses.

“I think the Clinton campaign and the secretary are getting a little bit nervous,” Sanders said to reporters.

According to CNN, Trump visited the Central Synagogue three blocks east of Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, where he voted for himself for the first time.

“It’s a proud moment,” Trump told reporters. “It’s a great moment. And who would’ve thought? It’s just an honor.”

ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE EAST COAST

The New York primary was the first of six East-Coast primaries, with Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island all hosting primaries for both Republican and Democratic Parties on April 26.

Trump’s win Tuesday night left the business owner predicting he will be the face of the Republican Party come November.

“We’re going to go into the convention, I think, as the winner,” Trump said.

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