The Republican and Democratic presidential frontrunners maintained their respective leads in the New York state primary on Tuesday. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton cast ballots contributing to their victories in one of the largest primary contests in the nation.
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Trump won 60.5 percent of the Republican vote with 98 percent of precincts reporting. Gov. John Kasich of Ohio finished in second place, winning about a quarter of the vote and beating rival Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Cruz acquired less than 15 percent of the vote.
Trump's win strengthens his bid for the Republican nomination in the wake of discussion of a contested Republican National Convention. Trump has not yet secured the 1,237 delegates needed for the nomination, but his New York win gives him an additional 89 delegates. Kasich won the three remaining New York delegates.
On the Democratic side, Clinton won 57.9 percent of the vote with 98 percent of precincts reporting. Her competition Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont won 42.1 percent of the vote. Following Clinton's win, Sanders is still delegates short of challenging the former secretary of state ahead of the Democratic National Convention.
While Sanders won 104 delegates, Clinton secured an additional 135 delegates. Clinton now has 1,424 pledged delegates and 469 superdelegates compared to Sanders 1,149 pledged delegates and 31 superdelegates. To become the Democratic nominee, the winning candidate will need a total of 2,383 delegates.
The New York win also strengthens Trump and Clinton's campaigns because they won support from various demographics across the state, including conservatives and non-white voters, respectively, according to The Washington Post.
The primary also showed a reinvigoration of New York voters, who told the New York Times they felt the importance of this primary, as previous presidential campaigns have been more or less decided by this point in the process.
Controversy also arose from the primary following the removal of several Brooklyn voters from lists by the New York City Board of Elections.
Following the contests in the Big Apple, the candidates are moving on to compete in five different state primaries next Tuesday.