The Latest: Hillary Clinton wins Democratic primary in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on campaign 2016 as voters in New York cast their ballots in the state’s primary (all times Eastern Daylight Time):

9:47 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic presidential primary in New York, which she represented in the U.S. Senate for eight years.

Clinton beat out rival Bernie Sanders in Tuesday’s election, further extending her lead in the delegates needed to win the Democratic nomination.

Most Democratic primary voters see Clinton as the best candidate to face Donald Trump if he is the Republican nominee in November, and 7 in 10 see her as the most likely eventual nominee.

Before Tuesday, Clinton led Sanders 1,292 to 1,042 in the delegate count. When including superdelegates, the AP count had Clinton at 1,761 and Sanders at 1,073.

Most of New York’s Democratic delegates are awarded on a proportional basis by the outcome in each congressional district. New York has 247 pledged delegates at stake.


9:40 p.m.

Donald Trump, fresh off a commanding victory in the Republican primary in his home state of New York, is suggesting he may soon have the race in hand.

Trump, speaking Tuesday night in Trump Tower, says Senator Ted Cruz “is just about mathematically eliminated” from clinching the delegates needed to win outright before the national convention.

“We don’t have much of a race anymore,” says Trump, declaring that his campaign is “really rocking” and he could have the nomination sown up before the party convention in Cleveland.


9:35 p.m.

Donald Trump is touting that “the people who know me best” gave him a resounding victory in the Republican primary in his home state of New York.

Trump appeared Tuesday night in the lobby of Trump Tower to the strains of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” He then walked a red carpet with an American flag as a backdrop, the whole scene bathed in red, white and blue lights.

He saluted his family and campaign staff, saying it’s “been an incredible night, an incredible week.”

The Trump campaign was banking on a significant win in New York after a stumble in Wisconsin earlier this month. The win allows him to stay on a narrow, but real, path to capture the delegates needed to clinch the GOP nomination before the party’s national convention in Cleveland this summer.


9:05 p.m.

Cheers broke out in Trump Tower in Manhattan at 9 p.m. Tuesday night as polls closed and news organizations called the New York Republican primary for Donald Trump.

He’s expected to speak soon in front of assembled reporters, supporters and staffers, who have gathered in the lobby of Trump’s midtown office and residential building.

Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski says the campaign’s goal is to beat the margins that rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich achieved in their home states.


9 p.m.

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has won the primary in his home state of New York.

Trump was widely expected to beat his rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich in Tuesday’s election. The precise allocation of delegates from the state won’t be determined until the vote results are calculated by congressional district, but Trump is certain to extend his delegate lead and come closer to the 1,237 delegates required to clinch the party’s nomination.

Early results of the exit poll in the state show a large majority of New York Republicans want the next president to be a political outsider.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Trump had amassed 756 delegates, while Cruz had 559 and Kasich had 144.


8:45 p.m.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is trying to move beyond a crushing defeat in New York, which he is dismissing as merely “a politician winning his home state.”

Instead, he is pivoting with a sweeping call to unite the Republican Party by painting himself as the outsider able to capture the imagination of a party searching for leadership.

Already moving on to Pennsylvania, Cruz is saying: “This generation needs to answer a new set of questions. Can we? Should we? Will we?”

Cruz is comparing his candidacy to Ronald Reagan’s and John F. Kennedy’s, asking the Pennsylvania audience, “Are we still those people, those dreamers and doers?”

The Pennsylvania primary is April 26.


8:15 p.m.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he believes the Republican presidential primary will be “deadlocked” and delegates will choose their nominee at the party’s convention in July.

Kasich spoke in Annapolis, Maryland, on the evening of the New York primary. Maryland holds its primary next Tuesday.

Kasich is predicting that neither Ted Cruz nor Donald Trump will win enough delegates to clinch the GOP nomination before the convention in Cleveland. He is pitching himself as a candidate with a positive and unifying message.

Former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich attended the event. He says Kasich’s resume “reflects what the country needs right now.”


8:10 p.m.

Donald Trump will mark the results of the New York primary with a press conference in the Manhattan skyscraper he calls home.

Trump is expected to address the media Tuesday night sometime after polls close in his native state. He has held a commanding lead in all recent state polls.

The lobby of Trump Tower has been festooned with patriotic touches: a large American flag is hanging behind the podium from which Trump will speak and portions of the lobby are bathed in red, white and blue lights.

Unlike most other candidates, Trump usually eschews large election night rallies, instead choosing to address reporters and a small group of friends and supporters.


7:35 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susan Martinez is expressing fundamental differences with presidential candidate Donald Trump on his proposal to build a bigger wall along the southern U.S. border and make Mexico pay for it.

Martinez told the Associated Press on Tuesday that building fences can impact the U.S. economy and relationship with trading partners in Mexico and farther south.

The chairwoman of the Republican Governors Association confirmed comments made behind closed doors as she traveled last week to a Republican gala in New York City attended by Trump, and a Republican Governors Association fundraiser in Florida.

Martinez is frequently mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick. She says she understands the need for a secure border as a former prosecutor who has lived near the border for some 50 years.


7:30 p.m.

Hundreds of voters have complained to New York’s attorney general about problems at polling places during the state’s presidential primary.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s voter hotline received 562 phone calls and 140 emails by late afternoon Tuesday. That’s compared to 150 complaints received during the 2012 general election.

A Schneiderman spokesman says this year’s total number of election complaints is “by far” the most it’s handled since Schneiderman took office in 2011.

The complaints include registration problems, a lack of privacy at the voting booth, accessibility and poor instructions from poll workers.

Schneiderman’s office says it received many complaints from people complaining that they were not allowed to cast a primary ballot because they had not registered with a political party.


7:15 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is telling thousands of supporters at Penn State that his rival Hillary Clinton is “getting a little bit nervous” by his recent string of wins.

Sanders addressed the boisterous crowd in Pennsylvania Tuesday as New Yorkers voted in their state’s crucial presidential primary.

Earlier, in an interview with The Associated Press, Sanders said he expects his campaign will “surprise” people and do “a lot better than people think.”

He dismissed claims by the Clinton campaign that his path to victory is “close to impossible,” saying “that’s what people who are getting nervous will say.”


5:40 p.m.

New Yorkers— Democrats and Republicans alike— are concerned about the economy. And many in both parties are worried about the influence of Wall Street.

Large majorities of voters in either primary Tuesday said they are concerned about the direction of the national economy, and voters on both sides were most likely choose it as the top issue facing the country, according to early results of exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research.

About 6 in 10 Democrats regard Wall Street as detrimental to the U.S. economy, while 3 in 10 say the New York City financial sector helps. GOP voters were nearly even on the question.


5:35 p.m.

Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson’s name remains on the ballot for the New York primary, although any delegates he receives will not count toward his suspended campaign.

Carson quit campaigning in March but missed the deadline to get his name off Tuesday’s ballot in New York. Carson did however meet a very late but important deadline to have his votes not count toward delegate allocation calculations.

Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, was popular with evangelical conservatives early in the pre-primary campaign. But he failed to take off and quit the race shortly after the March 1 “Super Tuesday” primaries. He then endorsed New York billionaire Donald Trump, who is expected to do well in his home state primary.

Carson’s failure to pull his name from the state ballot came too late for officials to get instructions to New York’s county elections offices, according to state officials.


5:20 p.m.

Seven in 10 GOP voters heading to the polls in New York say that the candidate with the most votes in primary contests should be the Republican presidential nominee.

Conversely, just a quarter of those voting Tuesday say the delegates sent to the convention in Cleveland should decide, according to early results of exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research.

So far, businessman Donald Trump is likely to go into the convention with the delegate lead over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. But the billionaire may not have enough delegates to win the nomination outright.


5:15 p.m.

As New York voters headed to the polls Tuesday, Democrats were more likely than Republicans to say they have been energized by the primary battles within their own parties.

Two-thirds of Democratic voters say the contest between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has been energizing for the party, while less than three in 10 consider it divisive, according to early results of exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research.

But Republican voters hold the opposite view: Nearly six in 10 say their party has been divided by the heated nomination contest between billionaire Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Only four in 10 GOP voters say it has been energizing, exit polls show.


5:00 p.m.

Bernie Sanders’ campaign says it’s “deeply disturbed” by reports of long lines and voting issues in New York’s presidential primary.

Karthik Ganapathy (CAR-thick Gana-path-ee) says “what’s happening today is a disgrace” and there’s a need to make it easier for people to vote, “not inventing arbitrary obstacles.” He says Tuesday’s “shameful demonstration” shows the “urgent importance of fixing voting laws across the country.”

Polls show Sanders trailing Hillary Clinton entering Tuesday’s primary. Clinton holds a lead in pledged delegates and Sanders hopes a strong showing in New York will help him cut into the former secretary of state’s inside track for the Democratic nomination.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced late Tuesday that his office will commission an audit of the city’s Board of Elections amid widespread reports of irregularities.


3:55 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is taking another crack at how he sees this summer’s Republican presidential nominating convention playing out.

While he didn’t mention Donald Trump or any other contender by name Tuesday, he wasn’t exactly gushing with confidence over the front-runner or his rivals.

The Kentucky Republican — known for his astute political instincts — says he doesn’t know how many ballots it will take for the delegates who gather in Cleveland, Ohio, to elect a GOP candidate.

“I hope…we will have a nominee who’ll be appealing to the American people and could actually win the election,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday.

McConnell has been publicly neutral in his party’s presidential contest. But he’s criticized some of Trump’s comments and reportedly told senators privately this year that down-ballot Republicans could drop Trump “like a hot rock.”


3:50 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Peter King says he will “take cyanide” if Ted Cruz wins the Republican presidential nomination.

The Republican congressman from New York made the comment Tuesday during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

King is the former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

He told host Joe Scarborough: “I hate Ted Cruz.”

Cruz’s campaign did not immediately respond to a comment request.

King previously said that any New Yorker who thinks of voting for Cruz “should have their head examined.”

King says he voted for John Kasich in the primary.

He has said many of his Long Island constituents support Donald Trump.


2:45 p.m.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is flying in a jet with expired registration.

His airplane lost its registered status in January after failure to pay a $5 fee to the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft in violation is not Trump’s Boeing 757, the renovated commercial jet that the billionaire sometimes uses as a backdrop for his rallies. Instead, it is a 1997 Cessna Citation X, a far smaller plane which Trump has used to visit smaller airports.

The FAA declined to comment beyond confirming the registration had expired. Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks said “The standard renewal process is just about complete.”

The New York Times, which first reported the expiration on Tuesday, said the registration lapse could ground the jet for days.


1:50 p.m.

The only one of Donald Trump’s children able to vote for him in the New York presidential primary has cast his ballot in midtown Manhattan.

Donald Trump Jr. voted Tuesday for his father, saying it “felt great” to finally vote for his father to become the Republican nominee.

Two of Trump’s other children, Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump, are unable to vote in the state’s primary because they missed the registration deadline, and Trump’s college-age daughter is registered in Pennsylvania.

Donald Trump Jr., the eldest of his siblings, laughed off the snafu, saying that “it’ll be a big deal if we lose by two votes but that’s not going to happen.”


12:50 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is urging union workers to help her win “the kind of victory to build the future we all deserve” ahead of New York’s presidential primary.

Clinton spoke in Washington to a meeting of the North America’s Building Trades Unions Tuesday hours before her showdown with Democratic rival Bernie Sanders in New York.

She is urging those from New York to make sure they’ve voted and pointing to contests next week in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware and Maryland.

Clinton is pointing to the role that construction workers played in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City.

She says if elected president she will keep in the Oval Office a cross that was made for her by an iron worker from scrap recovered from Ground Zero.

The union endorsed Clinton’s campaign last December.


12:16 p.m.

Donald Trump has picked up 12 delegates after Ted Cruz’s campaign says the Texas senator will not request a recount in the Missouri primary.

Trump won the March 15 primary by 1,965 votes. That is within the margin that would allow Cruz to request a recount. The 12 delegates are awarded to the statewide winner.

Missouri has a total of 52 delegates. The other 40 were awarded according to results in individual congressional districts.

Trump won 37 delegates in Missouri; Cruz won 15.

The AP delegate count heading into Tuesday’s primary in New York:

Trump: 756.

Cruz: 559.

John Kasich: 144.

Needed to win: 1,237.


11:49 a.m.

Republican Donald Trump is acknowledging some bruised egos as he continues to overhaul his campaign at an unusually late stage of the game.

Trump said in a phone interview with “Fox & Friends” Tuesday that his recent hires, including a growing role for campaign veteran Paul Manafort, may not exactly be embraced by those who’ve been with him since the beginning.

He says in the interview that when new people come in, “some people, their feelings get a little bit hurt.”

But he adds that, “frankly, you know, we’re in a position where we’d like to see if we can close it out.”

Trump announced last week that Rick Wiley, who previously managed Scott Walker’s campaign, had been hired as national political director, overseeing the campaign’s filed operations.

Trump’s national field director Stuart Jolly tendered his resignation Monday amid the shakeup.

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