New York Democratic primary voters rewarded Hillary Clinton Tuesday, helping the state’s former senator erect a barrier against Bernie Sanders’ nearly month-long streak of caucus and primary victories.
Her nearly 16-point victory provided a significant boost in delegates: With more than 98 percent of the vote counted, Clinton could claim 169 to 104 for Sanders. By the end of April, he is likely to find it mathematically impossible to argue he can capture the nomination with delegates earned and wooed by June, and his critics will amp up accusations that Sanders is dividing the Democratic Party at exactly the moment Democrats need to unite to take advantage of disarray in the Republican race.
Clinton acknowledged her lead in her post-election remarks Tuesday night, saying “The race for the Democratic nomination is in the home stretch and victory is in sight.”
She also offered an olive branch to Sanders and his supporters.
“To all the people who support Sen. Sanders, I believe there is much more that unites us than divides us.”