Clinton, Trump Score Key Wins In New York Primary

| by Sean Kelly
Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Presidential candidate front-runners Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton won big in the April 19 primaries in New York, moving closer to securing their parties’ nominations for president.

Trump nearly got all of New York’s 95 delegates, giving him a total of 847 delegates out of the 1,237 needed to get the nomination, CNN reported. Republican rival Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is behind at 553, while Gov. John Kasich of Ohio is in last with 148. 

“We don't have much of a race anymore,” Trump said following the closing of the primary. “We're going to go into the convention I think as the winner."

Trump visited his polling station in his home state and cast the first-ever vote for himself in an election.

“It's a proud moment. It's a great moment. And who would've thought? It's just an honor,” he said after voting. 

On the Democratic side, Clinton holds the lead with 1,223 delegates out of the 2,383 needed to secure the party’s nomination. Clinton thanked supporters in a victory speech, reports Vox.

"Thank you all so much. Thank you, you know, today, today you proved once again

"There's no place like home. You know, in this campaign we have won in every region of the country. From the north, to the south, to the east, to the west.

"But this one's personal. New Yorkers, you have always -- you have always had my back, and I have always tried to have yours. Today, together, we did it again -- and I am deeply, deeply grateful. I want to thank everyone who came out and voted and to all of you across New York, who have known me and worked with me for so long.

"It is humbling. It's humbling that you'd trust me with the awesome responsibilities that await our next president.

"And to all the people who supported Senator [Bernie] Sanders [of Vermont]: I believe there is much more that unites us than divides us.

"You know, we started this race not far from here, on Roosevelt Island. Pledging to build on the progressive tradition that's done so much for America, from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama.

"And tonight, a little less than a year later, the race for the nomination is in the home stretch, and victory is in sight. And I want to -- I want to say to all of my supporters, and all of the voters: You have carried us every step of the way, with passion and determination that some critics tried to dismiss. Because of you, this campaign is the only one, Democrat or Republican, (which has) won more than 10 million votes.

"But I am going forward because more voices remain to be heard. And tomorrow, it's on to Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and beyond. We need to you keep volunteering. I hope you will join the one million people who already contributed at HillaryClinton.com. And by the way, most with less than $100 because we have more work to do.

"Under the bright lights of New York, we have seen that it's not enough to diagnose problems. You have to explain how you actually solve the problems. That's what we have to do -- for our kids, for each other, for our country.

"So I want you, with me, to imagine a tomorrow where no barriers hold you back -- and all of our people can share in the promise of America. Imagine a tomorrow where every parent can find a good job and every grandparent can enjoy a secure retirement. Where no child grows up in the shadow of discrimination or under the specter of deportation. Where hard work is honored, families are supported, and communities are strong. A tomorrow where we trust and respect each other despite our differences. Because we're going to make positive differences in people's lives. That is what this is supposed to be about. Actually helping people and each other

"We all know too many people who are still hurting. I see it everywhere I go. The great recession wiped out jobs, homes and savings, and a lot of Americans haven't yet recovered. But I still believe, with all my heart, that as another great Democratic president once said: 'There's nothing wrong with America that can't be cured by what's right with America.' That is after all what we have always done. It's who we are.

"America is a problem-solver nation. And in this campaign we are setting bold, progressive goals backed up by real plans that will improve lives, creating more good jobs that provide dignity and pride in a middle class life, raising wages and reducing inequality. Making sure all our kids get a good education no matter what zip code they live in. Building ladders of opportunity and empowerment so all of our people can go as far as their hard work and talent will take them. Let's revitalize places that have been left out and left behind — from inner cities to coal country to Indian country. And let's put Americans to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, including our failing water systems like the one in Flint, Michigan.

"There are many places across our country where children and families are at risk from the water they drink and the air they breathe. Let's combat climate change and make America the clean energy super power of the 21st century. Let's take on the challenge of systematic racism and invest in communities of color, and finally pass comprehensive immigration reform. And once and for all, let's [have] equal pay for women.

"And we are going to keep our families safe and our country strong, and we're going to defend our rights -- civil rights, voting rights, workers' rights, women's rights, LGBT rights, and rights for people with disabilities. Those are, after all, New York values and they are American values. And just as we did in this primary campaign, we need to stand up for them, through the general election and every day after that."

The next major primary is California on June 7. 

Sources: CNN, Vox / Photo credit: Marc Nozell/Flickr 

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