Escape From New York: Trump And Clinton Crush Rivals, Say Nominations Are In Sight

Reporting by Mary Ann Georgantopoulos, Nicolas Medina Mora, Ruby Cramer, Andrew Kaczynski, and Tom Namako.

Here's your Empire State primary rundown in a New York minute:

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* Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton crushed their rivals in their home state's primaries. This was widely expected. Trump was declared the winner seconds after polls closed at 9 p.m. E.T., and Clinton came out on top about 45 minutes later.

* Clinton's win means her lead against Bernie Sanders is nearly insurmountable. Trump said Ted Cruz is "mathematically eliminated."

* Cruz and Sanders delivered speeches from Pennsylvania on Tuesday while John Kasich campaigned in Maryland. Both states will vote next week.

* Now the question is what percentage of the vote Trump and Clinton will win statewide and in congressional districts, which will determine how many delegates they get. We have a little New York State delegate math explainer below.

* Kasich is expected to finish second in New York, dealing a blow to Cruz, who is trying to make the case that he can be the nominee.

* Sanders held a rally at Penn State University, where he delivered his usual attacks on Clinton for her ties to Wall Street.

* And Cruz said something really, very, um, odd.

* Earlier in the day, New York City's Comptroller said he will investigate after lots of reports of trouble at the polls. Mayor Bill de Blasio said there's an appearance people were "disenfranchised."

* You could say Trump had an interesting day: It turns out his plane is not registered to fly; he admitted he would have said "a few less words"; and his spokeswoman tried to explain why he said 7/11 and not 9/11 in a speech.

* The candidates are now looking ahead to a big primary day next Tuesday: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island will vote.

Let's get this out of the way: Here's the delegate situation.

Delegates are the people who actually go to the party conventions and vote for the nominee. Candidates get delegates when they win or gather votes in each state.

In the Republican primary, if a candidate gets over 50% of the vote statewide, he will win 14 delegates. If a candidate gets more than 50% in each congressional district, he will win the three delegates in each district. If someone does not get 50%, then the winner will get two delegates and the runner-up gets one.

NBC News predicts Trump will win more than 50% statewide.

For the Democrats, the 291 delegates are divvied up proportional to the results.

A very energized Hillary Clinton declared the nomination is "in the home stretch and victory is in sight."

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Clinton took a shot at Sanders, saying it is not enough to “diagnose problems, but you need to explain how you solve the problems.”

She went on to say that this may be one of the most consequential elections of the generation. “Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are pushing an image of American that is divisive and dangerous,” Clinton said. “Instead of building walls, we’re going to bring down barriers.”

“Our diversity is one of our greatest strengths in the 21st century,” she said.

Clinton also had a message for people who voted for Bernie Sanders, saying “there’s much more that unites us than divides us.”

Trump delivered his victory speech from his building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. In a dig at Cruz, who is trying to siphon off delegates from him, Trump said, “It’s nice to win delegates with the votes.”


Trump repeatedly expressed his gratitude for New York and said he did so well in the state because people there understand how trade deals are bad for the economy.

“Our jobs are being sucked out of our states,” he said. “They’re taken out of our country and we’re not going to let it happen anymore. We’re going to stop it.”

Trump said that he’s going to use the businessmen of New York to negotiate “unbelievable trade deals so we bring our jobs back and don’t let our companies go to Mexico.”

“You’re going to be very proud of this country very soon,” he promised. “Nobody’s going to mess with us.”

And at his rally in Pennsylvania, Ted Cruz said this: “America has always been at her best when she’s lying down with her back on the mat."

In a short speech, Cruz said the vision of his campaign “is not 'yes we can,' but now, 'yes we will.'”

The event in Philadelphia was initially billed as an election night watch party but was later rebranded as a Pennsylvania kickoff event, according to reporters tweeting from the scene.

“It’s time for us as a nation to get up, shake it off, and be who we were destined to be,” Cruz said.

Here's the full quote:

Join me on this journey of less talk and more action because I know you. You may have been knocked down, but America has always been best when she is lying down with her back on the mat and the crowd has given the final count. It is time for us to get up, shake it off, and be who we were destined to be.

Bernie Sanders held a rally from Pennsylvania State University on Tuesday night, saying “we are going to do just fine tonight in New York.”

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Sanders in Pennsylvania

The reason the campaign will do just fine in New York, Sanders said, is because he's the only one telling the truth about the corrupt finance system, rigged economy, and broken criminal justice system.

"The American people are catching on that if we are going to prevent Trump or some other Republican from occupying the White House, which would be a disaster for our country, we have got the campaign to make sure that that does not happen," Sanders said, delivering his standard stump speech.

Sanders once again slammed Hillary Clinton for her ties to Wall Street, repeating that he is prepared to stand up to the 1 percent of the country who have "so much impact over our economy and our political life."

Sanders stressed that the criminal justice system is broken and it needs to be fixed by demilitarizing local police departments and changing attitudes toward low level drug convictions.

With the Pennsylvania primary a week away, Sanders called on younger votes to case their ballot.

"When voter turnout is high, we win," he said.

"Young people fully understand they are the future of our country, and they want to help determine the future of this country."

Speaking of Sanders, BuzzFeed News analyzed the millions and millions in donations to Bernie Sanders made through ActBlue. Where do they come from? Check it out here.

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Here's what else you need to know from New York's primary day:

New York City's comptroller will audit the Board of Elections after several issues were reported at the polls. Mayor Bill de Blasio said that there is a "perception that numerous voters may have been disenfranchised."

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De Blasio added, "it has been reported to us from voters and voting rights monitors that the voting lists in Brooklyn contain numerous errors, including the purging of entire buildings and blocks of voters from the voting lists."

The comptroller's audit comes a day after the Board of Elections confirmed that more than 125,000 Brooklyn Democrats were removed from voter rolls.

In exit polls released Tuesday evening, many Democratic voters said the primary so far has energized the party, while the GOP feels the opposite way.

Republicans also said they do not support a contested convention, according to the polls conducted by Edison Research and reported by the New York Times. If not one candidate gets more than 50% of the delegates, then the candidate with the most primary votes should be the nominee, these voters said.

Sixty-four percent of Democratic voters think Wall Street hurts the economy, while 29% said it helps, ABC News reported.

Here's a quick exit poll digest from MSNBC:

NY Dem exit White Sanders 53% Clinton 47% Black Clinton 76% Sanders 24% Latino Clinton 57% Sanders 43%

Trump's campaign said he will now be more presidential in preparation for the general election...

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Donald Trump’s spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, said he has been practicing more discipline recently by cleaning up his tweets in hopes of being the Republican nominee.

“Oh, absolutely, I think you’ve probably noticed the Twitter feed lately,” Pierson said on Breitbart News Radio on SiriusXM Tuesday morning when asked if Trump would more disciplined.

“Mr. Trump in the beginning had to take on 17 candidates, all the special interests, and so he had to come out swinging with everything he new — and keep in mind this is a first-time politician. Donald Trump has only been a politician for 10 months. He’s never been politically correct, he’s never guided by focus groups and by polling, or any of those things a lot of politicians use just to tell people what they want to hear the way they want to hear it.”

Pierson remarked that Trump was very truthful and upfront early in the campaign as reasoning for his lack of a filter, but now, she said, the campaign team was moving towards the general election.

...even though the candidate recently said 7/11 when he meant to say 9/11.

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Speaking at a rally in Buffalo on Monday, Donald Trump mistook the name of a chain of convenience for the date of the worst terrorist attack in recent American history.

"I watched our police and our firemen down on 7/11, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down, and I saw the greatest people I've ever seen in action," said Trump, according to Politico.

Later, Katrina Pierson, a spokesperson for the campaign, said the error had been a harmless "slip of the tongue."

And we'll just leave this here: CNN made a big deal about how the Empire State Building would light up different colors for each candidate's victory. Trump's color was deep red:

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