Bernie Sanders needed a win or at least a close second to remain a strong contender for the Democratic nominee. Those hopes appeared to be dashed Wednesday morning in New York as the votes were counted.
Sanders lost the state of New York to Clinton by more than 15 points. Clinton now holds 1,443 pledged delegates and 487 superdelegates for a total of 1,930 delegates while Sanders holds 1,183 pledged delegates and 40 superdelegates for a total of 1,223 delegates.
“We started this race not far from here on Roosevelt Island,” Clinton said in her victory speech. “And tonight, a little less than a year later, the race for the Democratic nomination is in the homestretch and victory is in sight…Tonight I want to say to all of my supporters and all of the voters: You have carried us every step of the way with passion and conviction that some critics have tried to dismiss.”
Sanders, however, has indicated he is not ready to give up yet. His supporters received a wave of fundraising emails in the wake of his defeat asking for a donation of 2.70$ to keep “the Bern” going.
Clinton was not the only one with reason to celebrate. Republican front runner Donald Trump clinched 60% of the delegate votes in New York and now holds a total of 847 delegates. A Republican candidate needs 1,237 delegates in order to secure the nomination.
“This has been an incredible evening. It’s been an incredible day and week!” he said in his victory speech. “It has really been something amazing.”