Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton won big in her home state primary in New York. On Tuesday evening, April 19, 2016, Clinton won by nearly 60 percent of the vote. Still her opponent Bernie Sanders vowed to stay in the race until the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this July. Clinton’s victory won the battle as USA Today pointed out but not the war as she still does not have enough delegates to be considered her party’s presumptive nominee.
With 94 percent of the precincts reporting on the Democratic side, Clinton had 57.9 percent to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has 42.1 percent of the vote. For the Democrats, 247 delegates are up for grabs and 44 superdelegates. Clinton picked up 139 delegates while Sanders picked up 104 delegates.
Sanders is not expected to do much better in next week’s contests in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware with Clinton leading in the polls. Currently, Sanders trails Clinton by 224 pledged delegates and 700 including superdelegates, which Sanders’ campaign hopes to flip at the convention.
Sanders was behind in the polls by the double digits but needed a surprise victory to level the pledged delegate playing field. However, New York holds a closed primary own for registered Democrats, shutting out some of Sanders main supporters, Independents. Clinton, who was the junior Senator from New York from 2001 to 2009, had deep political connections that helped along her victory.
Sanders remarked about the non-registered voters in New “York and those registered as independents that could not vote in the primary. Sanders indicated, “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.”
After losing the last eight races to Sanders, Clinton acted triumphant in her victory speech subtly jabbing her rival in what has become a bitter race. Clinton expressed in her speech, “We started this race not far from here on Roosevelt Island. And tonight, a little less than a year later, the race for the Democratic nomination is in the homestretch and victory is in sight.”
Clinton attempted to counter Sanders claim that she won mostly in the south states. Clinton pointed out, “You know, today you proved once again there’s no place like home. You know, in this campaign we’ve won in every region of the country. From the north to the south to the east to the west but this one’s personal.”
Clinton also looked forward to the races being held next Tuesday, April 26. Clinton said, “Because of you this campaign is the only one, Democrat or Republican, to win more than 10 million votes. But I’m going forward because more voices remain to be heard and tomorrow it’s on to Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and beyond.”
Sanders too is looking forwards to next week’s contests. In a tweet after his loss, Sanders said, “Thank you to all those who came out tonight in New York! Onward to five more states voting next week.”
Earlier in the evening during a rally in Pennsylvania, Sanders was still optimistic about the primary, “Now the polls don’t close there until 9 pm so we don’t know who is going to be winning or losing but you know what? We’re going to do a lot better, I think, than people thought we would.” Sanders was also looking forward to the primaries next week, and he still believes he has a path to victory for the nomination.
After the New York primary, the updated Democratic count gives Clinton1,442 pledged delegates, and Sanders has 1,198. Additionally, Clinton has 469 superdelegates while Sanders has only 31 superdelegates. There are 1,692 Democratic delegates still up for grabs, with 2,383 delegates are needed to clinch the nomination.