UPDATE: 11:02 p.m. EDT — Donald Trump won 60 percent of the vote and Hillary Clinton had 58 percent with 75 percent of New York state precincts counted, the New York Times reported. Trump was the big winner nearly everywhere except Manhattan, where John Kasich performed well. 

Clinton did well in diverse areas such as New York City, while Bernie Sanders was more popular in upstate communities. 


UPDATE: 10:52 p.m. EDT — Bernie Sanders headed home to Vermont Tuesday night after losing the New York Democratic primary. "I need to get recharged and take a day off," he told reporters.

Sanders also raised concerns about complaints that more than 100,000 voters in Brooklyn were unable to cast ballots. "'While I congratulate Secretary Clinton, I must say I am really concerned about the conduct of the voting process in New York today," he said. 



UPDATE: 10:25 p.m. EDT — Hillary Clinton said victory is in sight after she won the New York Democratic primary over Bernie Sanders. "New Yorkers, you’ve always had my back, and I’ve always tried to have yours,” she said.

She looked ahead to the five contests next Tuesday that could further cement her status as the Democratic front-runner and first woman presidential nominee from a major party. She urged Americans to imagine a future where grandparents have secure retirements and all parents are employed.

"America is a problem-solving nation," she said.




UPDATE: 10:15 p.m. EDT — John Kasich came in second in the GOP primary in New York with 54 percent of precincts counted. Donald Trump had 61 percent of the vote, while Kasich had 24 percent, the New York Times reported. 




UPDATE: 10:01 p.m. EDT — Hillary Clinton was 21 points ahead of Bernie Sanders in the New York Democratic primary after 37 percent of precincts had been counted, the New York Times reported. There were 291 delegates up for grabs for the Democrats in New York.



UPDATE: 9:41 p.m. EDT — Hillary Clinton is the projected winner of the New York Democratic primary. "Thank you, New York. You put your faith in me 16 years ago and again tonight. I'll never stop fighting for you. -H," she tweeted.


UPDATE: 9:36 p.m. EDT — Donald Trump urged Ted Cruz to stop putting up a fight Tuesday night after he won the New York GOP primary.

"We don't have much of a race any more," Trump said. "Sen. Cruz is just about mathematically eliminated."

He called the delegate system corrupt and demanded an overhaul of the nomination process.

"We are going to go back to the old way, it’s called you vote and you win," he said.

Meanwhile, Trump critics made fun of him on social media after the Empire State Building turned red to mark his victory.



UPDATE: 9:16 p.m. EDT — Donald Trump said the "people who know me the best, the people of New York" delivered him another victory Tuesday night, putting him closer to the GOP nomination and White House. As he gave his victory speech, supporters chanted: "U-S-A!, U-S-A!, U-S-A!"

He promised to keep jobs in the U.S. and build up the military. "Nobody is going to mess with us, that I can tell you," he said.

UPDATE: 9:16 p.m. EDT — With 1 percent of the vote in, Donald Trump was the projected winner in New York with 69 percent of the vote, according to the New York Times. He tweeted: "Thank you New York! I love you!"

UPDATE: 9:01 p.m. EDT — As the polls closed in New York, CNN declared Donald Trump the projected winner of the GOP primary. The Democratic contest was too close to call, CNN said. 

UPDATE: 8:55 p.m. EDT — GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz called Donald Trump a politician and sought to cast his campaign as the underdog rival during an event Tuesday night in Philadelphia just before polls closed in New York.  "This is the year of the outsider. I'm an outsider, Bernie Sanders is an outsider," Cruz said.

UPDATE: 8:36 p.m. EDT — Mexican actress and Hillary Clinton supporter Salma Hayek blasted Donald Trump for misspeaking about the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks this week during a campaign stop in Western New York. 

"I wrote this out, and it's very close to my heart," he said at the outset of his remarks in Buffalo on Monday evening. "Because I was down there and I watched our police and our firemen down at 7/11, down at the World Trade Center right after it came down. And I saw the greatest people I've ever seen in action." The businessman did not correct himself.

Trump's error — saying 7/11 instead of 9/11 — became a meme on social media Tuesday, as his critics lined up to link him to the convenience store chain 7-Eleven.

UPDATE: 8:10 p.m. EDT — A Maryland teachers’ union called on a local school district to cancel a Donald Trump rally scheduled for Wednesday night at a high school gym, the Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday.

"Donald Trump and his divisive, fear-mongering rhetoric have no place in the halls of Maryland's public schools," Maryland State Education Association president Betty Weller said in a statement. "Trump's eagerness to bully minorities would be unacceptable if it came from any of our students."

Trump's rally is slated for Wednesday at Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin. Carrie N. Sterrs, a spokeswoman for the school system, said the Trump campaign requested to use the gym and paid a fee of nearly $5,000 to do so. 

Maryland holds it primary next Tuesday, April 26. 


UPDATE: 7:55 p.m. EDT — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called Tuesday for an end to police brutality after the killing of Freddie Gray in Maryland. Sanders, who won the support of many social justice advocates ahead of New York's Democratic primary Tuesday, tweeted out: "One year after Freddie Gray was killed we still have no justice. The chants have only grown louder. It's time we ended police brutality."

UPDATE: 7:42 p.m. EDT — Donald Trump likes to say how great he is, but for a few minutes on Tuesday, he conceded that he hasn’t always been right. He said if he could go back in time he would have been less talkative, BuzzFeed reported.

“You hate to be put in that position. I guess, maybe I could have said a few less words or a few less things. Would have been helpful,” Trump told Brian Kilmeade in an appearance on  "Kilmeade and Friends" Tuesday morning. “But overall we’re really happy, we’re leading by a lot. We’re leading by millions of votes and a lot of delegates and I’m happy.”

“But I guess I could have toned a couple of words down or thoughts down, would have been nice,” he continued.

UPDATE: 7:30 p.m. EDT — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz grew frustrated Tuesday when pushed about his campaign’s efforts to pick up delegates from Donald Trump in hotly contested contests during an interview with Sean Hannity.

"The Donald Trump campaign doesn't know what they're doing. They don't show up," Cruz said, the Washington Post reported. "They don't even know how to type up a piece of paper without, without getting it wrong. I cannot help that the Donald Trump campaign does not seem capable of running a lemonade stand."

Trump recently lost out on delegates in Colorado after his campaign misspelled the last name of a delegate on a ballot.

UPDATE: 7:19 p.m. EDT — Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said Tuesday he was troubled by reports that borough residents had been purged from voting rolls. Officials said more than 125,000 Democratic voters were kicked off the rolls in Brooklyn.

Bernie Sanders said he likely lost thousands of votes because independent voters weren’t allowed to cast ballots in the closed contest open to Democrats and Republicans. He urged New York officials to do a better job for voters.

UPDATE: 7:08 p.m. EDT — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., made fun of Ted Cruz on Twitter on Tuesday after his presidential campaign sent out a fundraising email listing the sacrifices Cruz has made during his bid to win the White House.

“Are you kidding me, @TedCruz? We’re supposed to pity you because trying to be the leader of the free world is hard?! 2 words: Boo hoo,” Warren tweeted.

Cruz's campaign sent a letter Monday that detailed his campaign experience, including “constant attacks” from other candidates and the media. Cruz also missed out on sleep and time with his family, the letter said.


UPDATE: 6:57 p.m. EDT — Republican candidates avoided the expensive New York media market ahead of Tuesday’s primary election, the New York Times reported. Donald Trump, John Kasich and Ted Cruz, along with the groups supporting them, spent under $1.2 million on ads ahead of the contest. Trump, who is first in the polls by 30 percentage points among likely voters, didn’t spend any money on ads, while the “super PAC” supporting Kasich spent roughly $460,000 in ads across the state.

UPDATE: 6:42 p.m. EDT — New York makes it really hard for independent voters to register at the last minute so they can vote in the state's presidential primary election as Democrats or Republicans. New York’s deadline for switching party registration was Oct. 9, nearly 200 days before the primary. New York has one of the nation’s most difficult laws, ahead of Kentucky and New Hampshire, FiveThirtyEight reported. A cool graph can be seen here.

UPDATE: 6:25 p.m. EDT — Republican voters are worried about the future and aren’t on the best terms with Muslims or undocumented immigrants, CBS News exit polling shows. More than 60 percent of GOP primary voters in New York are very worried about the direction of the nation's economy, about 34 percent want undocumented immigrants to be deported and 61 percent support a temporary ban on Muslims who are not U.S. citizens entering the country.

UPDATE: 5:55 p.m. EDT — Bernie Sanders’ campaign said Tuesday it was “deeply disturbed” by long lines and voting issues in New York’s presidential primary. Karthik Ganapathy said officials should make it easy to vote. He said Tuesday’s “shameful demonstration” shows the “urgent importance of fixing voting laws across the country,” the Associated Press reported.

UPDATE: 5:40 p.m. EDT — Most GOP voters in New York said the Republican presidential nominee should be the canididate with the most votes in primary contests, according to early results of exit polls conducted for the Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research. That could help businessman Donald Trump, who was expected Tuesday to win New York.

Meanwhile, more than half of all Republicans said the GOP has been hurt by the heated nomination contest between Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

UPDATE: 5:10 p.m. EDT — Hillary Clinton is no Beyoncé, Donald Trump said Tuesday on "Fox & Friends." Asked about Clinton's recent claim that she carries hot sauce in her bag, he called her “phony” and “pandering.”

“It's the same thing she always does. She carries hot sauce like I carry hot sauce. It's just, I don’t know so phony, and so pandering and so terrible,” Trump said before adding, “I think, you know, frankly, I think Bernie probably has a decent chance to win. It won't matter. Then they'll say, it doesn't matter because she's — look, it's a crooked system.”

Critics accused Clinton this week of trying to score with voters off a line from Beyoncé’s hit single “Formation," where she sings: “I got hot sauce in my bag, swag.”

But Clinton has been talking about her love for spicy foods for decades, Time reported. In 2008, she said in a "60 Minutes" interview she has been eating chilies to stay healthy since 1992. While living in the White House, she reportedly had a collection of more than 100 hot sauces, the Associated Press reported in December, before "Formation" hit the radio waves. 

UPDATE: 4:55 p.m. EDT — Donald Trump’s campaign gave Breitbart News national security editor Sebastian Gorka $8,000 for “policy consulting” last year, BuzzFeed News reported Tuesday. The revelation came amid reports that the conservative news site had developed a cozy relationship with the Trump campaign during the 2016 race. 

After Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s was accused earlier this year of attacking former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, the site sided with the campaign and she and other reporters for the organization quit in protest.

Gorka is also a frequent counterterrorism commentator on Fox News. 


UPDATE: 4:20 p.m. EDT — The New York Times rounded up a list of famous New Yorkers and their picks in the state's Democratic primary. Former frontman for the band R.E.M. Michael Stipe is backing Bernie Sanders, and so are director Spike Lee and actress Rosario Dawson. Comedian Rosie O’Donnell voted for Hillary Clinton, as did Mayor Bill de Blasio and actress Lena Dunham. The full list can be found here.

UPDATE: 4:02 p.m. EDT — Bernie Sanders said independents should be able to vote in New York's closed primaries. Sanders said Tuesday while walking around New York City that the contest should be open beyond only registered Democrats and Republicans.

"Today 3 million people in the state of New York who are independents have lost their right to vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries,” he said. "That’s wrong. You’re paying for this election. It’s administered by the state. You have a right to vote. That’s a very unfortunate thing which I hope will change."

Clinton's email featured the subject line "Uh, really?" and told supporters: "Last night Bernie accused our campaign of bending (or even breaking!) the law for, wait for it... Raising money to help Democrats."

"Seriously," the email added.

On Monday afternoon, Sanders' campaign accused Clinton and the Democratic National Committee of “serious apparent violations of campaign finance laws” by improperly using money obtained through joint fundraising. Joint fundraising agreements are common, but the Sanders campaign said Clinton had "exploited" the arrangement to benefit only her campaign.

Clinton's campaign manager, Robby Mook, denied the allegations Monday, and the Clinton campaign again decried them in the fundraising email Tuesday. "Sanders’ accusations that we’ve done anything untoward are completely false. While his team gets desperate and tries to poison the well, we’re staying focused on how we can make life better for American families. If you’re proud to be on Team Hillary, chip in right now to claim your free sticker and help win this primary once and for all," Clinton's email said.


UPDATE: 1:48 p.m. EDT — Before Donald Trump departs from his home state to travel to the next presidential primary battleground, he may want to make sure his papers are in order — or, at least, the papers for his famed plane. The registration for the mammoth private jet that has taken him from campaign stop to campaign stop apparently has expired.

Federal Aviation Administration paperwork shows Trump's plane's registration was good only through the end of January, an infraction that could result in a fine upwards of more than $300,000 total, CNBC reported.

Whether Trump was aware of that was seemingly the last thing on his mind Tuesday as he cast his ballot and continued campaigning in a New York state primary contest in which he is heavily favored over his fellow Republican candidates.

UPDATE: 1:17 p.m. EDT — While polling in the state of New York has not been in Bernie Sanders' favor, there is at least one head-to-head contest in which the Vermont senator is outpacing his rival: ad spending in the state. Hillary Clinton’s campaign spent half of what Sanders’ campaign did, with $2.8 million versus Sanders’ $5.6 million, NBC News reported.

Sanders may have doubled up on Clinton, but the Republican slate of candidates each spent just a fraction of the senator’s mammoth efforts. Underscoring that fact is the campaign of billionaire Trump, which spent less than $70,000 on ads statewide.

That could translate into good news for Sanders, but in upstate New York on Tuesday, there was a bit of bad news — more reports of faulty voting machines. Hours after voters experienced delays (and frustration) in some polling places in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens, a similar issue has arisen in the town of Fishkill, with the lone voting machine not operating and lines growing, according to a tweet.

UPDATE: 12:50 p.m. EDT — County officials across New York state prepared Tuesday for a high turnout. Thomas Ferrarase, Democratic election commissioner in Monroe County, told USA Today they were expecting an 80 percent turnout. In the past, the county's turnout for primaries has not exceeded 40 percent, he said.

"We’re not going to take a risk. We have to be really careful. We don’t want to be like other states. We don’t want to run out of ballots," he said.

Erik Haight, the Republican election commissioner in Dutchess County, said the county had sent out about 2,300 absentee ballots, as many as it did for the November 2015 election.

"We’re ready for 100 percent turnout. That’s what we’re hoping for," Haight said.

UPDATE: 12:03 p.m. EDT — One voter emerging from a polling place in New York's Financial District told International Business Times she was "definitely" supporting Hillary Clinton "because I think she is the right person to women of my age" and has the attention of the Latino-American community. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is a "good Democratic candidate," but Clinton is more aligned with her interests, such as opportunities for women, the woman said.

See the interview in its entirety below.

Meanwhile, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio cast his ballot in the presidential primary after he greeted people outside a Brooklyn subway station.



UPDATE: 11:34 a.m. EDT — An image of New York's Republican presidential primary ballot has found its way online, with information and the names of the three candidates written in English, Spanish and Chinese characters.


While the ballots appeared to be working just fine, some of the machines in which they go apparently were not. Certain polling places in the New York boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens experienced faulty equipment that caused voting delays for some constituents. One voter in particular was dubious of the entire process.

“Somebody at the end of the day is gonna feed [the ballots] through a machine?" Queens resident George Mack told the New York Daily News. "I don’t have confidence in that.”

UPDATE: 11:01 a.m. EDT — U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.,  is no fan of Ted Cruz. The congressman has not endorsed any of the three GOP presidential candidates, but he is apparently quite adamant about not wanting the Texas senator in the White House — to the point of threatening suicide.

“I'm not endorsing Ted Cruz, in case anyone is confused,” King said Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show. “I think I'll take cyanide if he got the nomination. I think you'll see Donald Trump scoring a big victory tonight. I did not endorse Donald Trump.”

King said he voted via an absentee ballot for Ohio Gov. John Kasich but cautioned that still did not constitute a formal endorsement.

“If I thought Kasich had a chance I would endorse him,” he said.


UPDATE: 10:30 a.m. EDT — Republican presidential front-runner candidate Donald Trump cast his ballot in the New York State presidential primary Tuesday morning at a midtown Manhattan polling place.




The other New Yorker in the race, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, voted earlier Tuesday in Chappaqua, New York, with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Meanwhile, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was seen with his wife in New York's Times Square and shaking hands with people on the street.



UPDATE: 9:53 a.m. EDT — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani explained Tuesday his seemingly reserved support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Giuliani announced he backed Trump this month and that he would vote for the billionaire, but the former mayor had shied away from using the term "endorsement."

In an appearance on CNN, host Chris Cuomo pressed him on the issue, saying, "It doesn't make sense to me that you are going to vote for Trump but you won't endorse him."

"OK, so I'll endorse him," Giuliani said. "But I'm not part of the campaign."

Further pressed on the issue, he added, "I'm Rudy Giuliani, I mean a lot in New York politics, I endorse Donald Trump, but I'm not part of the campaign."

In an interview with Fox News Monday, Guiliani declined to make a formal endorsement for Trump, again saying he was "not part of the campaign." In the CNN interview, the former mayor acknowledged he has some concerns about Trump's campaign but probably agreed with him on about eight out of every 10 issues.


UPDATE: 8:18 a.m. EDT — Hillary and Bill Clinton went to their local polling place in Chappaqua, New York, to cast their votes for the state's primary elections. 










RTX2AMGW A man fills out a ballot at the Central Synagogue as polling stations open for the New York state primary elections in the Manhattan borough of New York, April 19, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

UPDATE: 7:43 a.m. EDT — With a lawsuit filed Monday alleging voter suppression in New York state for people who say their voter registration information changed without their consent, many people took to Twitter to express their apparent frustration with their purported experiences at the polls Tuesday morning. Others on Twitter urged voters to demand a provisional ballot to vote regardless of political affiliation.







UPDATE: 7:09 a.m. EDT — The New York Democratic primary won't actually be a contest at all, according to New York's mayor. “All I'm gonna say is, a solid margin. I don’t think it’s gonna be close,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on CNN Tuesday morning.

It should come as no surprise that de Blasio was referring to former New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, for whom the mayor has been campaigning.

“We've learned this season not to listen too much to pollsters. There’s been some real surprising results, but the consistency of these polls has been striking,” de Blasio said, according to Politico. “And the response we're getting on the ground for Hillary has been overwhelming.”


De Blasio endorsed Clinton and seemingly ramped up his rhetoric aimed at the former secretary of state's rival candidate, Bernie Sanders, after the Vermont senator questioned Clinton's qualifications to be president. 


Original story:

Voters in New York are set to head to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in a crucial presidential primary election that could have a significant effect on the direction of the Democratic race and will likely help Donald Trump consolidate his lead over the Republican field.

This year marks the first time in decades that New York will hold two competitive primaries in the same year. The Empire State’s election is typically late enough into primary season that most presidential races are wrapped up by the time it rolls around. But this year, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are locked in an intense battle for the boon of a New York win, and the remaining GOP candidates are hoping to stop Trump from sweeping all of the state’s 95 delegates.

On the Democratic side, 295 delegates are up for grabs. Clinton still leads Sanders in the delegate count with 1,307 pledged delegates to his 1,094, but after a winning streak of seven states and several enormous rallies in New York City ahead of Tuesday, Sanders has been riding a wave of momentum.

Both Democratic candidates have ties to New York. Sanders was born in Brooklyn, and Clinton served as a senator from the state 2001-09 until she became secretary of state under President Barack Obama. She is counting on her support among people of color in New York City and voters upstate who supported her Senate bid to carry her to victory in New York, while Sanders has been appealing to young voters and continuing to try to expand his coalition.


The race has heated up in recent weeks as both Clinton and Sanders have made sharper attacks against each other, highlighting policy differences and questioning each other’s qualifications to hold the nation’s highest office. At a Democratic debate in Brooklyn Thursday night, the pair sparred over issues such as gun control, climate change and Israel.

On that last point, Sanders has been much more open to criticizing Israel’s policies and talking about Palestinian rights than Clinton, who typically sticks to the party line of emphasizing strong support for the Jewish state. New York is home to many Jewish voters, so support for Israel can sometimes be important here, but young Jews are increasingly agreeing with the positions Sanders has taken on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

In the Republican race, both Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich trail Trump in the polls, but they have each spent time with New Yorkers over the past week and are hoping to score enough votes to pick up a few delegates and continue preventing Trump from sewing up the GOP nomination. Going into Tuesday, Trump held an average of 53.1 percent support in New York polls, while Kasich held 22.8 percent and Cruz held 18.1 percent, according to RealClearPolitics. Clinton held an average of 53.6 percent to Sanders’ 41.6 percent, RealClearPolitics reported.

Check back here for updates as New Yorkers cast their ballots and for results in the evening once polls close at 9 p.m. EDT.