- The Road to Philadelphia « April 19, 2016 New York Primary
April 19, 2016 New York Primary
291 Delegates (247 Pledged)
Summary: From Upstate to New York City, both campaigns vigorously contested the New York primary. "Bernie from Brooklyn" came into the primary with momentum from recent wins, but Hillary Clinton was strongly favored to win here. She served eight years as U.S. Senator from New York, and locked up the endorsements of numerous elected officials including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, both U.S. Senators and all 18 Democratic members of Congress. Sanders may have had hopes of achieving a game-changing upset, but it was a steep climb. Clinton met the expectations of a double-digit win and received an important boost heading into the April 26 contests.
NEW YORK PRIMARY (247 pledged delegates)
Both the candidates played up their New York roots, Clinton having represented the state for eight years as a U.S. Senator, and Sanders having grown up in Brooklyn.
The New York campaign got off to a rough start as Sanders, at a rally at Temple University in Philadelphia on April 6, said that Clinton was "not qualified" because she had taken millions from Wall Street, voted for the Iraq War and supported "disastrous" trade agreements. Sanders eventually modified his stance to questioning not Clinton's qualifications, but her judgment. Meanwhile, the Clinton campaign and aliies sought to paint Sanders' interview with New York Daily News ed board (>) as a disaster, saying it showed he was unclear on one of his signature proposals, that of breaking up the big banks.
The candidates plied the
state with visits and waged intense ad campaigns over a period of about
two weeks. In addition to
organizing events, and speeches, Hillary Clinton engaged in several
lighter moments on the campaign
trail, including dancing at a block party in
Washington Heights, playing a game of dominoes at a senior center in
East Harlem, and taking a subway ride to make the point that tokens
were discontinued in 2003. Former President Bill Clinton did
two dozen events in the closing stretch, and numerous other surrogates
helped spread the Clinton campaign's message. In contrast to the
many elected officials at the front of Clinton's campaign, the Sanders
campaign had more of a grassroots focus, opening some 20 offices around
the state. Sanders held
a number of rallies
including the biggest rally of his campaign on April 17 at Prospect
Park in Brooklyn. He made a visit to the home of President
Franklin D. Roosevelt in Hyde Park, joined striking Verizon workers on
a picket line, and visited one of the worst housing projects in New
City. The candidates
also made stops in Upstate.
The two candidates addressed
Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network’s 25th
Anniversary National Convention (+).
Six days before the
primary, on April 14, they met at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
for a debate hosted by CNN. Their fifth one-on-one debate (and
the ninth overall Democratic debate) proved a contentious affair as the
candidates clashed on topics ranging from the minimum
wage to policy toward Israel (+, >).
Organized labor played an
important role in the campaign. The campaigns highlighted a
couple of endorsements by local unions, IBEW Local 3 going for Clinton (+) and
TWU Local 100 going for Sanders (+).
Verizon. One of the major phone banks for Clinton
operated out of the UFT Manhattan Borough Office at 52 Broadway.
Both candidates concluded
efforts on April 18, crisscrossing New York City in a frenetic
finish. Clinton finished with a plurality of about 16 points,
carrying New York City's five boroughs, the adjacent counties of
Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Orange as well as Erie
County (Buffalo), Monroe County (Rochester) and Onandaga County
(Syracuse). Sanders carried all the remaining counties.
Clinton carried 21 congressional districts to six for Sanders (19, 20,
21, 22, 23 and 27).
The election was not problem-free. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer reported that "more than 125,000 voters in Brooklyn were removed from voter rolls and [there were] widespread reports of voters having trouble accessing polling sites and other polling irregularities." New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio cited reports that "voting lists in Brooklyn contain numerous errors, including the purging of entire buildings and blocks of voters from the voting lists." (+)
York has a closed primary, meaning independents cannot vote in the
party primaries; Common Cause New York calls the system a "closed shut
primary" because "the deadline to change or declare party enrollment
for presidential primary was wildly early: October 9, 2015 (+)." In remarks to reporters on primary
night Sanders said that New York's closed primary system had probably
hurt his showing.
The Democratic ballot was
a bit different than the Republican ballot in that the names of the
candidates for president
as well as their congressional district delegates appeared,
voters just chose among the candidates. New Yorkers
opportunities to vote this year; in addition
to the April 19 presidential primary, the federal primary election is
on June 28 and state and local primary elections occur on Sept.
(see: Campaign Activity)
291 delegates and 21 Alternates:
163 District-level Delegates
54 At-large Delegates
30 Pledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials
44 Unpledged Party Leaders and Elected Officials
National delegate allocation: Clinton 139, Sanders 106.
May 24, 2016.