Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Clinton, Trump win New York & Monroe

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 11:38 AM

Hillary Clinton, the former US Senator from New York, won the state's Democratic presidential primary, and also prevailed in Monroe County.  But her margin of victory in the 25th Congressional District — that's Representative Louise Slaughter's territory — is slim.

Clinton pulled in about 52 percent of the votes in the district, to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' 48 percent.  Statewide, Clinton was on track to receive around 60 percent of the vote with about half of votes reported; Clinton largely performed better in Downstate counties and Sanders in Upstate.

Of the few Monroe County towns in the 27th Congressional district, all of which are on the west side, Sanders pulled in about 57 percent of the vote to Clinton's 43 percent.

On the Republican side, there was little doubt that Donald Trump would carry New York, and the Associated Press called the race for Trump less than 10 minutes after the polls closed at 9 p.m.

Monroe County went for Trump, too; he who pulled in around half of the votes. Ohio Governor John Kasich grabbed second place with roughly 30 percent of the votes; Texas Senator Ted Cruz pulled in around 17 percent; and Ben Carson, who has withdrawn from the race and endorsed Trump, got about 1 percent of the vote.

Trump had 65 percent of the statewide vote with half of the results reported. Kasich was second with approximately 25 percent.

As of 8 p.m., 40 percent of Monroe County's registered Republicans voted, which was well above the turnout in the 2008 (26 percent) and 2012 (7 percent) GOP primaries, according to the Board of Elections. Democratic turnout was down slightly, at 37 percent compared to 40 percent in 2008,  the last time the party had a presidential primary.

So what's this all mean? It really depends on how each Congressional district in New York votes, since that determines how votes will be awarded. The GOP only awards all of the votes if a candidate breaks 51 percent of the statewide vote, otherwise they are awarded according to each candidates vote totals, according to Vox.

Democrats use a weird formula to decide how many delegates are awarded. But Clinton's victory will give her a larger edge in delegate counts heading into the next set of primaries and, ultimately, the Democratic convention.

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