Trump cleans up in New York and Hillary buries Sanders

Donald Trump scored a big win yesterday in the New York primary.

Donald Trump swept to victory in his home state Tuesday night, outperforming the pre-election polls, burying his two remaining Republican rivals, and putting himself on a path to enter the GOP convention in Cleveland with far more delegates than any other candidate.

With 96 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday, Trump led with 60 percent of the vote, giving him claim to most of the state’s 95 GOP delegates.

His briefer-than-usual victory speech at Trump Tower was vintage Donald: short on specifics, and long on adjectives—“amazing” and “incredible” are two of his favorites—but as the primary season enters the home stretch, Trump started to sound Tuesday night like an actual Republican. He referred to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and “Senator Cruz,” instead of “Lyin’ Ted,” and used Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s honorific as well.

Trump retained his trademark defiance, however, when talking about the Republicans’ arcane system of awarding delegates. “It’s a crooked system,” he said. “It’s a system that’s rigged.”

Kasich was well behind Trump with 25 percent of the vote, followed by Cruz, with 15 percent. The GOP front-runner appeared at the building that bears his name shortly after the polls closed at 9 p.m. ET, in the same venue where he announced his candidacy 10 months ago. Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” blared on the sound system as Trump made his way to the podium. He won two-thirds of the vote, he noted, from “the people who know me the best.”

Cruz didn’t get a single delegate. His campaign is teetering now. Kasich is hanging in in case Trump fails to make the threshold and the nomination goes to an open convention.

Meanwhile Hillary Clinton rammed home her advantage.

She danced the merengue in Washington Heights. She slammed down a mean game of dominoes in East Harlem.

And in the East Village the day before the New York primary, Hillary Clinton broke her long-held rule of not eating in front of the news media by digging into an ice cream concoction named the Victory.

Mrs. Clinton seemed, for the first time in a rocky and unpredictable Democratic race, relaxed. “That’s what’s so great about being back here now for this primary,” she said at Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, where the owner had named the dessert in her honor. “I get to go to a lot of the places that I love. I get to meet new people and see people I’ve known for a long time.”

Mrs. Clinton has had dramatic highs and crushing lows in her political career and in this campaign. But since she first ran for office 16 years ago, New York has always been the state that loved her back, and on Tuesday it delivered one of her biggest boosts yet toward becoming the first woman to capture the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

“Today, today, you proved once again, there’s no place like home,” she told a jubilant crowd of more than 2,500 at the Sheraton New York hotel in Midtown after taking the stage to the song “Empire State of Mind” by Alicia Keys and Jay Z.

“In this campaign, we’ve won in every region of the country, from the North to the South to the East to the West,” Mrs. Clinton added. “But this one is personal.”

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