Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton and her Republican challenger Donald Trump appear to be headed for big wins in Tuesday’s early voting primary races in New York, according to Bloomberg Politics.
Citing research from David Rothschild, an economist at Microsoft Research in New York City, via PredictWise, the news outlet “gave Trump a 98-percent chance of winning the state, as well as an 85-percent chance (up from 76 percent last week) of winning more than half of the Republican votes,” the report says. “PredictWise gives Clinton a 91-percent chance of winning, up from as low as 72 percent earlier in the month.”
What’s at stake in Tuesday’s pivotal primaries? Ninety-five delegates are up for grabs on the Republican side, while 247 are available for Democrats.
And the front-runners spent days leading up to the primaries scrapping for every single vote, writes CBS New York:
“We have won eight out of the last nine caucuses and primaries. We’re on a roll, we’ve cut Secretary Clinton’s lead by about a third in the last month,” [Democratic contender Bernie Sanders] told CBS2’s Janelle Burrell. “But in New York, we’re running not only against somebody whose been elected twice to the Senate here, but we have election laws that really negatively impact us.”
Clinton downplayed the [New York state law that prohibits independents from voting in the primaries] in a live interview on WCBS 880.
“Different states have different approaches and I think that’s appropriate,” she said.
Meanwhile, Trump was happy to be on his home turf, reports the Los Angeles Times:
“It’s great to be home,” Trump said upon arriving at a boisterous Long Island rally, his first appearance after the Wisconsin debacle. It was a sentiment so heartfelt, he repeated himself. “This is home,” he said. “It’s great to be home.”
For his part, Ted Cruz, Trump’s Republican rival who won Wisconsin and has been steadily piling up delegates at party conventions around the country, has fared worse in New York.
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