New York Primary: Empire State Building Turns Red Over Trump, Blue For Hillary – UPDATE


UPDATED, 7:29 PM, with Hillary Clinton victory speech: “It is humbling that you trust me with the awesome responsibilities that await our next president,” Hillary Clinton said in tonight’s victory lap. “And to all the people who support Senator Sanders, I believe there is much more that unites us than divides us.”

Taking one last swipe at Bernie Sanders, Clinton said that tonight “under the bright lights of New York, we have seen it’s not enough to identify the problems. You have to explain how you actually solve the problems!” 

Turning to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, Clinton warned they are “pushing a vision of America that’s divisive and, frankly, dangerous.”

PREVIOUSLY with Donald Trump speech and Clinton win: “To the people that know me the best, the people of New York, where they gave us this kind of vote – close to 70% and more delegates than anybody projected in their wildest imagination, I want to thank everybody here,” Donald  Trump said in his victory speech tonight, sounding decidedly less reality-TV star/more presidential candidate.

“Like virtually every other state in the union, jobs are being sucked out of our state and taken out of the country,” he continued. “We are not going to let it happen anymore. We are going to stop it. … We are going to keep jobs here, and you are going to be very proud of our country very soon… We will build our military bigger, better, stronger than ever before. Nobody is going to mess with us.”

At 6:39 MSNBC cut away from Trump’s speech to call a win for Clinton in the Dem race. Clinton would have to wait until Trump stopped speechifying before CNN would call it for her in New York’s Dem primary race and turn the Empire State Building a pretty shade of blue.

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“We’re going to celebrate for two hours,” Trump continued. “Thank you, New York! We love New York!” he concluded.

MSNBC named Ohio Gov. John Kasich runner-up in the GOP race at 6:48 PM. CNN, meanwhile, marveled that Trump did not call Ted Cruz “Lyin'” even once in his victory lap speech, and referred to Kasich as “governor.”

PREVIOUSLY: Literally the instant polls closed in New York, TV news networks called it for Donald Trump on the GOP side. “We don’t know how much he will win by and don’t know the delegate count,” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said, unhelpfully. CNN’s competitors made the same call.

On the Dem side, however, the cable news networks were being cautious, what with exit polling showing Hillary Clinton at 52% and Bernie Sanders at 48%, based on voter surveys as they left polling locations.

With that, the Empire State Building turned deep red. Not from embarrassment, but because CNN had arranged that the landmark building, not owned by Donald Trump to the best of our knowledge, would light up with a certain color based on who won in each party:

Clinton: Dark blue. Sanders: Light blue. Trump: Deep red. Cruz: Coral pink. Kasich: Purple.

“I feel like I’m in a Nora Ephron movie,” gushed CNN’s Dana Bash as the building blushed.

Moments later with just 3% of the tally counted, Trump at 68.9%, and John Kasich at 18.5%, ahead of Ted Cruz’s 12.6%. Dem-wise, with 8% counted, Clinton had 61.6% to Sanders’ 38.4%.

New York-based TV news operations reveled this evening in their hometown primary mattering for the first time in decades this election cycle. “Hometown” frontrunners Trump and Clinton both woke up this morning needing big wins to wipe out party rivals’ recent storylines that have dominated TV news coverage.

Before polls close statewide at 9 PM ET, TV news talking heads passed time mulling reports of election-day rannygazoo, especially in Sanders’ home borough of Brooklyn. They ruminated about the news New York’s city comptroller office will investigate the Board of Elections after learning locals got purged from the voter rolls or sent to the wrong polling place today. They dissected NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s statement: “It has been reported to us from voters and voting rights monitors that the voting lists in Brooklyn contain numerous errors, including the purging of entire buildings and blocks of voters from the voting lists.”

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Clinton, who served two terms as New York senator, wanted to shake off Brooklyn’s son Sanders, who has enjoyed a recent slew of caucus wins.

“We are going to do just tine tonight in New York,” Sanders said early this evening, speaking at Penn State before the NY polls closed. “And the reason that we’re going to do as well as we will is because we’re doing something pretty radical and contemporary in American politics. We are telling the truth. And the truth is – and people understand it, whether you’re conservative, progressive or moderate – we have a corrupt campaign finance system which is undermining American democracy.”

Sanders also noted the state’s closed primary allows only registered Democrats to vote, which excludes independents who flocked to him. “If there is a large voter turnout despite the impediment of 3 million people not being able to participate, I think we’re going to do just fine,” Sanders said, according to CNN coverage.

Trump, meanwhile, hoped to hoover up as many delegates as possible after Ted Cruz out-finessed him in recent delegate harvesting, leaving the developer-turned-reality-tv-star less wiggle room on the road to the 1237 delegates that insure first-ballot nomination.

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