"There's no place like home," Hillary Clinton told New Yorkers on Tuesday night.
After losing eight of the last nine contests to rival Bernie Sanders, Clinton was able to finally claim a victory on Tuesday night by winning her adopted home state of New York.
"The primary continues, but no matter who wins, the center of gravity in the Democratic Party has fundamentally shifted in an economic populist direction during this primary—and because of that, Democrats are better positioned to win in November." —Adam Green, PCCCLess than forty minutes after polls closed, major news outlets declared Clinton the winner of the state's Democratic primary.
With approximately 44 percent of the vote counted at around 9:45 PM ET, NBC News results showed Clinton leading rival Bernie Sanders by a 61 to 40 percent margin. By 11 PM, however, with closer to 90 percent of precincts reporting, the margin had narrowed to 57-43 split.
In a tweet sent just before 10 PM, the Clinton campaign acknowledged the win, stating, "To our volunteers, organizers, and supporters who worked your hearts out in New York: This is your win. Thank you."
Subsequently, speaking to a crowd of supporters in mid-town Manhattan, Clinton made a gesture to those who have energetically backed Sanders by telling them she thinks there "is much more that unites us, than divides us."
Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, said that Clinton has become a much stronger candidate and the Democratic Party has benefited because of the campaign that Sanders has been running.
"Hillary Clinton continues to be made a stronger candidate thanks to Bernie Sanders engaging her in a race to the top on popular economic populism issues like debt-free college, expanding Social Security, a $15 minimum wage, and jailing Wall Street bankers who break the law," Green said in a statement. "The primary continues, but no matter who wins, the center of gravity in the Democratic Party has fundamentally shifted in an economic populist direction during this primary—and because of that, Democrats are better positioned to win in November."
Just after 11 PM, the Sanders campaign sent out a message to supporters regarding their loss in New York. It read in part:
When we started this campaign, we were down almost 50 points in New York — the state where Hillary Clinton was elected to two terms in the U.S. Senate.
We didn’t get the victory we had hoped for this evening, but what’s important is that it looks like we’re going to win a lot more delegates in New York than any state that voted or caucused before tonight.
So what does that mean? Five important states vote one week from tonight, with more delegates at stake than Hillary Clinton led by coming into tonight. And if we do well next Tuesday, we remain in a position to take the pledged delegate lead when almost 700 delegates are up for grabs on June 7.
In the Republican contest, meanwhile, Donald Trump was declared the winner over his Republican rivals Ohio Governor John Kasich and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
As Politico reports, "With 26 percent of precincts reporting, Trump was dominating with 64.7 percent of the New York vote, Kasich was running in a distant second with 21.6 percent, and Cruz was trailing in third with 13.8 percent."