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Trump and Clinton Win New York Primary, Amid Voter “Irregularities”

HeadlineApr 20, 2016

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and real estate mogul Donald Trump scored significant victories in New York Tuesday, in a primary marked by widespread reports of voter disenfranchisement and “irregularities” at polling sites. On the Republican side, Donald Trump won 60 percent of the vote. He appears poised to win 89 of the 95 delegates up for grabs in New York. Ohio Governor John Kasich came in second, with 25 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton won 57.9 percent of the vote statewide, with Bernie Sanders winning 42.1 percent of the vote. Sanders won the majority of counties in the state, but Clinton won big in the metropolitan New York area. The contest in New York City was marked by chaos, particularly in Brooklyn, as tens of thousands of voters found their names had been removed from the polling rolls or that they were unable to vote at their polling station. The New York City Elections Board has confirmed that more than 125,000 Brooklyn voters had been removed from the voter rolls since November 2015. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a statement Tuesday decrying the voter disenfranchisement, writing: “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.” At one polling site at Brooklyn Borough Hall, the coordinator estimated 10 percent of those who showed up to vote were unable to do so because their names had been purged. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer vowed to audit the New York City Board of Elections. We’ll have more on the New York primary after headlines.

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