Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton handily won the high-stakes New York presidential primaries, expanding the delegate leads for both candidates and getting a burst of much-needed momentum heading into a slate of northeastern contests next week.
Both Trump and Clinton aimed to capitalize on the delegate-rich state that each candidate called home; Clinton represented New York for eight years in the Senate, and Trump lives in New York City and started his real estate career there. Sanders, who was born in Brooklyn, also sought to be seen as a hometown hero.
As of late Tuesday night, Trump had won at least 88 of the 95 delegates at stake in New York while Ohio Governor John Kasich took three. Of the 291 delegates up for grabs in the Democratic race, Clinton had won 177 while Sanders took 105.
Now, the race moves to five states that will hold their primaries on April 26: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Read our recap below for all the news and analysis from New York's primary night.
RECAP: NEW YORK PRIMARY
That's a wrap for the 2016 New York presidential primary and the Republican and Democratic frontrunners head out of the Empire State with large victories in their pockets and a momentum at their backs (see the full delegate numbers below, updated as of 12:30am).
Now the campaign heads to five more Northeast states for next Tuesday's contests -- Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware.
For more, read about how the Empire Struck Back to give Clinton a much-needed win and why the Trump campaign is At A Crossroads over the candidate's posture moving forward. And follow NBC News' Decision 2016 coverage for all the latest news and analysis in the race to the White House.
Bernie Sanders strategist Tad Devine tells NBC News the Sanders campaign will not be fundamentally reassessing their strategy in the wake of Sanders’ loss in New York to Hillary Clinton.
“She [Secretary Clinton] won her home state,” Devine said, emphasizing that the Sanders campaign believes he can win states that vote through April and into May, including Oregon and potentially Pennsylvania. “We’re not reassessing overall. Bernie has decided he was going to stay in until everyone has a chance to vote.”
Devine pointed to the campaign’s financial supporters as well as delegates from California that have backed them and want to attend the convention in Philadelphia. Campaign sources did tell NBC there may be some discussion of the best tone to use toward Secretary Clinton going forward – but emphasize they will respond to the tone Clinton sets.
Bernie Sanders’ secret weapon paid off – it just wasn’t powerful enough to overcome Hillary Clinton’s arsenal.
In a corner of Upstate New York, residents have been watching Bernie Sanders on their TV screens for more than 30 years, thanks to the fact that they happen to fall in the media market dominated by Burlington, Vermont, Sanders’ hometown where he served as mayor.
The three counties in the market — Clinton, Essex, and Franklin — were Sanders’ top three counties in the entire state. He won Clinton, which contains Plattsburgh, the area’s largest city, and Essex 73-21%, and he won Franklin 69-31%.
After heading back to his home state of Vermont without his traveling press in tow, Bernie Sanders told local media there was “chaos at the polling places” during Tuesday's primary in New York.
Sanders headed back to Vermont without his national press corp, and campaign aides originally said he would not be taking questions following Hillary Clinton’s win in the New York Democratic primary. But when he landed, the senator took questions from Burlington-area reporters.
Sanders congratulated Clinton on her win and brushed aside any notion that he would be ending his 2016 run. He said he is looking forward to next week’s primaries in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, and Rhode Island while noting “voter irregularities” in New York.
Sanders told the press he decided to take a break from the campaign trail because he missed his home state and wanted to be “recharged” before returning to the trail.
Hillary Clinton took the stage in New York Tuesday night and declared “victory is in sight” after winning the state she represented in the Senate for eight years.
“The race for the Democratic nomination is in the home stretch,” Clinton told supporters. “And victory is in sight.”
The Democratic frontrunner is projected to pick up more than 160 delegates in New York, building on an already commanding lead over rival Bernie Sanders.
“Today you proved once again there’s no place like home,” Clinton said. “In this campaign, we’ve won in every region of the country. From the North to South to East to West. But this one’s personal. New Yorkers, you’ve always had my back, and I've tried to have yours.”
The Sanders campaign remained hopeful they could pull off a late-breaking surprise in the Empire State, where Sanders was born. But the Sanders’ campaign decision to head back to Vermont without press was sign the night would not turn out the way they had hoped.
New York Exit Poll: Sanders’ Base of Younger Voters Will Support Clinton If She Is the Nominee
Democratic voters under the age of 30 have solidly supported Bernie Sanders since primary and caucus contests started in January, and that trend continued Tuesday in New York. Nearly seven in 10 younger Democrats backed Sanders, according to the NBC News Exit Poll. Yet as Clinton leads in delegates for the nomination, a persistent question is whether Sanders’ base of younger votes will turn out for Clinton if she becomes the Democratic nominee for president.
Despite that 71 percent of younger Democrats think Clinton ran an unfair campaign against Sanders, and 46 percent believe Sanders will eventually win the nomination, the vast majority also say they will vote for Clinton if she prevails as the Democratic nominee. Indeed, 45 percent of younger voters report they will “definitely” vote for Clinton if she leads the ticket, and 32 percent will “probably” vote for her. One in five Democrats under 30, however, say they will not support Clinton if she secures the nomination.
At Trump Tower in Manhattan, Trump walked out to "New York, New York" by Frank Sinatra, spoke for less than ten minutes for his New York victory speech before he planned to celebrate for "about two hours."
During his brief remarks, the Republican front runner, who regained his momentum with a big win in his home state, said, "We don't have much of a race anymore."
"Cruz is just about mathematically eliminated," Trump said, flanked by his family.
He didn't miss a chance to slight Cruz by knocking him for winning in states like Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota that didn't hold primary contests.
"It's really nice to in the delegates with the votes," Trump said.
Trump heads to Indiana tomorrow and will also visit Maryland and Pennsylvania this week.
Donald Trump dominated the vote Tuesday among groups where he has been strong in previous contests while staying very competitive even among voters that have given him trouble in the past, according to the NBC News Exit Poll. NBC News projected Trump the winner shortly after polls closed at 9 p.m. ET.
White voters without a college education—who accounted for nearly half of the New York GOP electorate --were at the heart of Trump's win. About two-thirds of these voters (64 percent) went for Trump, splitting the rest of their support between rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich. But Trump prevailed easily among college-educated whites, too: He won a majority of their votes (53 percent), followed by Kasich and then Cruz.
Read more here.
Ted Cruz took the stage at his election night rally in Philadelphia 30 minutes before polls closed in New York and indirectly conceded the Empire State to Donald Trump.
“I’m so excited to share with you what America has learned over the past few months,” Cruz began his remarks. “It has nothing to do with a politician winning his home state tonight.”
Polls showed Trump, who has lived in New York City his whole life, with a significant lead heading into Tuesday. If he wins it will mean each of the three remaining GOP candidates will have won their home states.
“The people in state after state make it clear. They cry out for a new path. This is the year of the outsider,” Cruz said. “I’m an outsider, Bernie Sanders is an outsider. Both with the same diagnosis, but both with very different paths to healing.”
Cruz finished his speech by telling the Pennsylvania crowd: “And now my friends, onward to victory.”
Bernie Sanders just hours before polls closed in the New York primary told a crowd of over 6,000 people at Penn State that his campaign is going to do "a lot better I think than people thought we would."
Sanders called low voter turnout "wrong" and voter issues in New York "absurd," saying "it's a little bit crazy that in upstate New York, they open the polls at 12 noon," as the crowd booed.
"Despite the fact that the entire, virtually the entire New York political Democratic establishment is standing with her, you know what, we're gonna do just fine tonight in New York," he said.
A top New York City official announced an audit of New York City's Board of Elections Tuesday, just as hundreds of voters reported problems at polling locations and at least one instance of possible voter fraud.
New York City comptroller Scott Stringer said Tuesday his office would look into management and policies at the city's elections board after it was revealed this week that more than 125,000 Democratic voters were purged from the rolls in Brooklyn ahead of Tuesday's primaries and special elections.
Read more at NBCNewYork.com
New York Exit Poll Results: New Yorkers Only Slightly More Concerned About Terrorism Than Rest of U.S.
New Yorkers are only slightly more likely than voters across the country to list terrorism as the most important issue facing the nation, according to early results from the NBC News Exit Poll of voters in the state’s presidential primary today.
Nearly 15 years after terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, about a quarter of the state’s Republican voters (27 percent) said terrorism was nation’s biggest problem. This share was only slightly higher than found in NBC News Exit Polls conducted in all previous GOP primaries and caucuses held so far this year. On average, 24 percent of Republicans in those states listed terrorism as the nation’s most important concern.
New York Democrats were less likely than their Republican counterparts to mention terrorism as a key issue. Only 14 percent of those did so today. Again, this was only slightly higher than what exit polls have shown in earlier Democratic contests so far 2016. In those states, 10 percent of Democratic voters have mentioned terrorism as the most important issue facing the country.
New York Exit Poll Results: GOP Wants Change, Cares Little About Who Can Win in November
Republicans at the polls in New York’s presidential primary today said they cared most about change, blunt talk and values when choosing their candidate, according to early results from the NBC News Exit Poll. Missing from this list? Electability, which few GOP voters ranked as a top priority.
Reflecting a problem that has troubled the Republican Party leadership all year, just 8 percent of GOP voters in New York said that nominating a candidate who “can win in November” mattered most to their vote today. Instead, voters wanted a candidate who “can bring needed change” (35 percent), “shares my values” (28 percent) or “tells it like it us” (26 percent).