The New York skyline. (Giorgio Galeotti / CC-BY-2.0)

2:45 a.m. PDT 4/20/2016:

Watch the winners’ full victory speeches below.

11:25 p.m. PDT: Take a look at the final results from Tuesday’s primary and check out the New York Times’ interactive map here.

7:11 p.m. PDT: Stories circulating Tuesday on news sites claiming some Democratic primary voters saw their votes switched from Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton were declared false later in the day by The culprit was apparently a Huffington Post impostor site. Yet another cautionary tale about sourcing on the Internet.

7:10 p.m. PDT: Standard-issue victory tweet from Clinton, plus an I-own-NY rendition from Trump:

6:56 p.m. PDT:

The Washington Post altered its headline to accommodate this news from the Democratic primary:

Donald Trump is the projected winner of the New York Republican primary and Hillary Clinton is the projected winner of the Democratic primary, according to exit polls and early returns.

The Associated Press called the race for the party front-runners after polls closed at 9 p.m. ET, with Trump’s projected win called almost immediately, and Clinton’s closer at 9:45 p.m. The victories help Trump and Clinton solidify their leads at a time when both are beginning to talk more about the general election.

Trump’s victory puts him closer to clinching the GOP nomination and should at least temporarily quell speculation that he will fall short of the votes needed before the July convention.

Clinton held a comfortable lead throughout the campaign and her victory makes it near-mathematically impossible for Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) to overtake her lead in the race for convention delegates.

6:47 p.m. PDT:

The New York Times called Trump’s primary win a “commanding victory,” but the paper’s editorial board advised his Republican rival, John Kasich, as well as Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, to stay in the game regardless of Tuesday’s final tally.

Here’s the NYT’s news from the Democratic side:

In the Democratic race, which turned significantly more combative in New York as Mr. Sanders fought for an upset, Mrs. Clinton held an edge in early returns.

But the vote was marred by irregularities at polling places across Brooklyn. The city comptroller’s office said the Board of Elections had confirmed that more than 125,000 Democratic voters in Brooklyn were dropped between November and this month, while about 63,000 were added — a net loss that was not explained.

Mayor Bill de Blasio described “the purging of entire buildings and blocks of voters,” while the comptroller, Scott Stringer, said his office would audit the Board of Elections.

Sanders advisers had said that beating Mrs. Clinton in her adopted home state represented one of their campaign’s best opportunities to damage her candidacy and [sow] doubts about her strength as a general-election nominee. On Tuesday, however, Mrs. Clinton drew deep support among women and blacks — two groups that have been essential for her in many states — while Mr. Sanders was outpacing her among white men and people under 45, according to exit polls.

6:08 p.m. PDT:

The Washington Post is reporting that Trump is the projected winner in the New York primary.

4:30 p.m. PDT: “I just don’t think I really have the inclination to do it.” That was Trump in 1988, to Oprah Winfrey’s question about his plans, back then, to run for president. A lot has changed since, and it’s not just the hair:

4:10 p.m. PDT:

File under The Annals of Republican In-fighting: Politico has some bad news for Trump boosters hoping to continue their political career within GOP ranks.

Specifically, certain establishment operatives are seeing to it that the New York real estate magnate’s staffers, or “Trumptards” (their word, not ours), are barred from getting traction within the party in the future if they do not renounce their loyalties to the controversial GOP front-runner. Overt threats? Yes, it’s come to this.

4:08 p.m. PDT: Which candidate inspires Democratic New Yorkers the most? ABC News is posting some early exit poll data about questions like this ahead of the night’s bigger news.

4:02 p.m. PDT: Truthdig’s Ashley Hong was on the primary scene in New York, and she’s got some unique visual vignettes to show for it. Here, her Evrybit-enabled photo essay.

2:08 p.m. PDT: More news about voter irregularities in New York: As The Hill and other sources reported Tuesday afternoon, New York City comptroller Scott Stringer announced that his office “will be auditing the management and operations of the Board of Elections in order to identify the failings and make recommendations to improve performance going forward”:

New York City comptroller Scott Stringer announced an audit Tuesday of the city’s Board of Elections amid reports that scores of voters have had difficulty accessing the polls or have been wrongly removed from the voter rolls.

“The people of New York City have lost confidence that the Board of Elections can effectively administer elections and we intend to find out why the BOE is so consistently disorganized, chaotic and inefficient,” Stringer said in a statement. “With four elections in New York City in 2016 alone, we don’t have a moment to spare.”

… Media reports from across the state indicate that some polling stations failed to open on time, leaving voters waiting in line for hours. Other polling places reportedly had faulty or broken polling machines.

In addition, the Comptroller’s office said about 125,000 voters in Brooklyn alone had turned up to cast ballots only to be informed they were never on the voter rolls, had been removed from the voter rolls or were registered under a different party.

1:56 p.m. PDT:

Jordan Charitan of The Young Turks filed this video update about the New York voter purge lawsuit (via Facebook):

1:15 p.m. PDT: And now for an array of New York-centric Truthdig headlines, to boost your primary know-how while you wait for results:

  • Hundreds of New Yorkers Allege Election Fraud in Lawsuit
  • Samantha Bee on the Absurd Theatrics of Candidates Trying to Win the New York Primary (Video)
  • Bernie Sanders’ Camp Complains to DNC Over Hillary Clinton’s Fundraising
  • Poll: Did Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders Win the Debate in New York?
  • They Exist: ‘Bankers for Bernie’ Fight for Sanders in New York
  • Live Blog: Clinton and Sanders Fight to a Draw in Debate
  • Bernie Sanders Rallies New York at the Gates of the Financial Establishment (Video)
  • Guess Who Won’t Be Voting for Donald Trump in the New York Primary
  • ‘Hillary’ in ‘SNL’ Skit Tries to Hide Being a Sore Loser, Tells Young N.Y. Voters to Stay Home

    12:20 p.m. PDT: This essay posted Sunday on Medium has gotten some attention in the Twittersphere, Reddit and the blogosphere, for starters. That’s partly because the author, one Robin Alperstein, chose a provocative headline, “On Becoming Anti-Bernie,” to frame her argument.

    More important, though, is what has since come to light about Alperstein’s day job. She’s a lawyer — a partner at Becker, Glynn, Muffly, Chassin & Hosinski. Her official webpage at the firm describes her credentials thusly: “Robin Alperstein concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, with a particular focus on disputes involving hedge funds and structured products, and on class action and derivative litigation in federal and state courts.”

    Oh. Here’s more from that page:


  • Corporate
  • Employment
  • International


  • Defending witnesses before the SEC in connection with various investigations involving credit default swaps, CDOs and CLOs.
  • Defending several hedge funds and a health care company in the Tribune fraudulent conveyance actions.
  • Defending several hedge funds in the Lyondell fraudulent conveyance actions.
  • Defending a holding company and individual against claims for conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with an alleged “pump and dump” market manipulation scheme on London and German stock exchanges.
  • Prosecuting claims on behalf of a foreign investment company in connection with losses sustained due to unauthorized trading and fraud by former consultant.
  • Representing structured products company in connection with corporate governance claims against a fund and its parent. Defending publicly traded domestic company against wage and hour class action in New York state court.
  • Alperstein has some serious competition when it comes to primary-eve hatchet jobs, however. The Daily Beast’s Lizzie Crocker was first out of the gates Thursday with a headline that unsubtly baited Sanders supporters—and while it reads like one of The Onion’s spoofs on the news, it isn’t: “New York Doped Up Beatniks, Hippies, and Freaks Love Bernie Sanders.” Someone ought to have Crocker cover the protest scene at, say, the next World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference, and that “someone” is the WTO.

    Noon PDT: The New York Daily News, the hometown paper that generated a national controversy with its editorial board’s recent interview with Sen. Bernie Sanders, is tracking an outbreak of voter outrage over “broken machines and belated polling” in Brooklyn and Queens. As anyone who’s spent five minutes in New York knows, you don’t want to get people from Brooklyn and Queens angry.

    11:00 a.m. PDT: The Empire State has turned out to be one of this topsy-turvy election season’s most crucial battlegrounds. Tuesday’s primaries held out the promise of significant gains for the winners from the Democratic and Republican camps, and judging by the heated rhetoric from both sides in the lead-up to the election, everyone still in the running is well aware of the stakes.

    Here’s a quick New York primer as the balloting continues:

  • On the Dems’ side, 291 delegates are on offer, and 95 are up for grabs for Republicans.
  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has 34 New York pledge delegates going into the primary.
  • Clinton and Sanders both claim native status in New York. Several, though certainly not all, recent polls have favored Clinton, although as The Atlantic pointed out, Sanders has closed the gap by nearly 30 points since last month and is gaining on Clinton in the next key primary state: California.
  • Remember Ted Cruz’s “New York values” zinger from the Iowa caucus era? Yeah, so that’s not really helping him right now.
  • Although these New Yorkers were willing to go on the record to point out how Donald Trump isn’t one of them, that’s not likely to matter much. He’s poised to sweep the state. In fact, as FiveThirtyEight reported, Trump “has a greater than 99% chance of winning the N.Y. primary.”
  • Due to what hometown rag The New York Post calls “insane registration rules,” untold numbers of voters may be in for an unwelcome surprise when they show up at their local precincts. In fact, two of Trump’s own children can’t throw in for their dad at the polls.
  • Here’s a page to watch in real-time as the results start rolling in.

    –Posted by Kasia Anderson

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