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Apr 19, 2016 9:23 PM

Trump and Clinton win big at home in New York

NH1 News Political Director

Donald Trump easily won his home state of New York on Tuesday. And Hillary Clinton also cruised to victory in her adoptive home state.

The AP and the news networks projected the Republican presidential front runner as the winner of the Empire State's GOP primary just moments after the polls closed at 9pm ET.

With 98.5% of the vote reported, Trump was at 60.5%, with Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 25.1% and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 14.5%.

Trump swept nearly all of the state's 95 GOP delegates at stake in the primary, with Kasich winning three and Cruz shut out.

Trump took a big step closer to reaching the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the Republican presidential nomination.

"We don't have much of a race anymore, based on what I'm seeing on television. Sen. Cruz is just about mathematically eliminated. And we've won another state. Do you know we've won millions of more votes that Sen. Cruz. Millions and millions of more votes than Gov. Kasich," Trump told supporters at his primary night headquarters at Trump Tower in Manhattan.

Forty-five minutes after calling the race for Trump, the AP and the news networks projected Hillary Clinton the winner of the Democratic primary.

The former U.S. secretary of state, who represented New York for eight years in the Senate, led Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont 57.9% to 42.1% with 98.5% of the vote reported. Sanders was born and raised in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

"New Yorkers, you’ve always had my back, and I’ve always tried to have yours. Today together we did it again and I’m deeply, deeply, grateful," Clinton told supporters at a victory celebration Monday night at her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn.

Clinton's convincing victory makes the math much more difficult for Sanders' hopes of winning the nomination.

Trying to pivot once again to the general election, Clinton proclaimed that "the race for the Democratic nomination is in the home stretch and victory is in sight."

And recognizing that she needs Sanders supporters come November, Clinton said “to all the people who supported Senator Sanders, I believe there’s much more that unites us than divides us.”

Former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton at her New York primary victory celebration, in Brooklyn, New York on April 19, 2016

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