Hillary Clinton appeared to be winning the Hispanic vote in Tuesdays hotly contested New York Democratic primary, but Bernie Sanders was beating Clinton 2-1 among young voters, according to early Fox News exit polls.
The polling also showed Republican voters in the nation are looking for an outsider in the race in what could be another positive sign for Donald Trump, the front-runner in Tuesdays GOP race.
On the Democratic side, Clinton was leading among Hispanic voters, 57 -4 3 percent.
But among the under 30 crowd, Sanders was dominating 69 -3 1 percent, exit polls showed.
Both Clinton and Trump consistently have led in polls leading up to Tuesdays contest, though Trump has enjoyed a much bigger lead. On the exit poll question Tuesday of whether New York Republican favor an outsider, or someone with political experience, voters overwhelmingly opted for an outsider, 64 -3 2 percent.
The numbers give an early glimpse into voters believing, with polls set to close in the state at 9 p. m. ET.
The primary-day voting has not been without its problems. State voters, particularly in the Big Apple, ran into an array of reported polling-site flaws earlier Tuesday as they tried to cast ballots with some locations opening late and others utilizing broken machines.
The Wall street Journal reported that some voters waited hours to cast ballots at a site in Brooklyn, where workers apparently did not have the keys when it was supposed to open Tuesday morning.
Elsewhere in the borough, voters reportedly were turned away due to technological problems; voters reportedly posted images presenting spelling mistakes on some ballots as well.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also responded Tuesday to reports that thousands of registered Democrats have been fallen from the rolls, especially in Brooklyn. In a statement, the mayor called for major reforms to the election board and voiced support for an audit.
It has been reported to us from voters and voting rights monitors that the voting listings in Brooklyn contain numerous mistakes, including the purging of entire buildings and blocks of voters from the voting lists, he said in a statement. I am calling on the Board of Election to reverse that purge and update the lists again
Primary front-runners Clinton and Trump are both trying big rebound victories Tuesday after recent campaign setbacks.
Clinton, who served as New Yorks senator, has touted her connection to voters in her adopted home country, while Brooklyn-born Sanders has campaigned hard attempting an upset. Looking ahead, however, Sanders was campaigning Tuesday in Pennsylvania, which votes next week.
Meanwhile, Trump, who is from Queens, is looking for an overwhelming victory after having crisscrossed the country bashing challengers Ted Cruz and John Kasich and proclaiming no true New Yorker could vote for them.
At stake is a huge delegate haul.
On the Democratic side, Clinton and Sanders are vying for 247 delegates. Clinton wants a convincing victory to halting rival Sanders’ winning streak — before New York, Sanders had won seven of the last eight contests — and blunt his claims of “momentum” in the Democratic race.
The Republicans are battling for 95 delegates. Trumps double-digit polling result has been unshakable for weeks. The great question, though, was whether the billionaire tycoon can sweep most or even all of the 95 Republican delegates up for grabs. Trump would need to win more than 50 percent of the vote statewide – and predominate across the congressional districts — to have a shot at claiming all the delegates.
The importance of every last delegate has only increased in recent weeks as Cruz has appeared to outmaneuver Trumps campaign in the behind-the-scenes preparations for Julys convention.
Cruz has been laying the groundwork for a contested convention – where no candidate has the necessary 1,237 delegates to clinch the nomination – by getting allies elected as delegates, country by state. That style, if voting extends to a second round, some of those pledged to Trump on the first round could peel off and support Cruz. This has heightened the pressure on Trump to clinch the nomination before the Cleveland convention to avoid that scenario, though Cruzs recent wins have made that harder.
Cruz, who infamously panned Trump’s “New York values” earlier in the primary, was bracing for a tough showing in the Empire State. The Texas senator was already looking ahead on the primary calendar, also scheduling events Tuesday in Pennsylvania.
“New York is Donalds home state, ” Cruz told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Monday evening. “Of course he will do well in his home nation. When we were in Texas, my home country, we walloped him.”
Trump leads the GOP race with 756 delegates, ahead of Cruz with 559 and Kasich with 144.
In the Democratic race, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said Sanders faces a “close to impossible track to the nomination” and predicted New York would result in Clinton taking “an important step to the nomination.” Sanders needs to win 68 percent of the remaining delegates if he hopes to clinch the Democratic nomination.
Clinton herself expended the final hours of campaigning in New York trying to drive up turnout among women and minorities, her most ardent supporters. Since Sunday, she’s danced to Latin music at a Brooklyn block party, vowed to defend abortion rights to female supporters in Manhattan, prayed at a black church in Westchester, drunk a bubble tea at a dumpling store in Flushing and cheered newly unionized employees in Queens.
“We’re not taking anything for granted, ” Clinton said Monday.
The Sanders campaign has held out hope for a closer race, relying on the large crowd at the Vermont senator’s rallies translating into votes Tuesday.
“This is a campaign on the move, ” Sanders hollered to a crowd of thousands gathered along the waterfront in Queens, the Manhattan skyline serving as a dramatic backdrop. “This is a movement getting the creation very, very nervous.”
Clinton has accumulated 1,758 delegates to Sanders’ 1,076. Those totals include both pledged delegates from primaries and caucuses, as well as superdelegates, the party insiders who can back the candidate of their choice regardless of how their nation votes. It takes 2,383 to win the Democratic nomination.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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