Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton wins the New York primary, blunting the momentum of rival Bernie Sanders and taking a big step toward wrapping up the nomination. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton won in New York, which she once represented in the U.S. Senate, blunting the momentum of rival Bernie Sanders and taking a big step toward wrapping up the nomination. "The race for the Democratic nomination is in the home stretch and victory is in sight," she said. The victory in one of the biggest state nominating contests so far set up Clinton for strong performances next Tuesday, when she is expected to do well in five other Northeastern state primaries. Clinton's win in New York followed some of the most heated personal exchanges of her campaign against Sen. Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont who had won seven of the last eight state-by-state nominating contests. "And to all the people who supported Senator Sanders, I believe there is much more that unites us than divides us," she said. The New York victory will expand Clinton's lead of 244 pledged delegates over Sanders, and make it nearly impossible for him to overcome the deficit and capture the 2,383 convention delegates needed for the nomination under Democratic rules that allocate delegates proportionally based on each state's result. She also took aim at Republican rivals saying, "Donald Trump and ted Cruz are pushing a vision for America that is divisive, and frankly dangerous," she said. The voting in New York was marred by irregularities, including more than 125,000 people missing from New York City voter rolls. The city has roughly 4 million voters considered active for the primaries. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer ordered an audit of the city elections board after it confirmed the names had been removed from voter rolls. He told the board in a letter it was "consistently disorganized, chaotic and inefficient."