New York: Not much chance of a shakeup in the 2016 race

(AP file)

WASHINGTON (MEDIA GENERAL) – After a small break in the election calendar, voters in New York will head to the polls for the state’s Democratic and Republican primary contests.

The latest polls indicate an easy win for both parties’ front-runners: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

Democrats on defense

Last Thursday’s Democratic debate in Brooklyn proved how much has changed for the party’s nomination fight compared to late 2015. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continued to question former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s judgment for the country’s most powerful position.

The feisty debate, however, is unlikely to shift enough voters to the Sanders campaign. The self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist was welcomed in New York City by large crowds but already is looking to the next five states voting at the end of April.

Mrs. Clinton spent Tuesday morning voting near her New York home with former President Bill Clinton and dozens of television cameras not far behind.

“This has been a joy during the last two weeks to be here,” Mrs. Clinton said to reporters during her visit to a Graffin Elementary School in Chappaqua, New York.

Trump counts on the city he helped build

GOP front-runner Donald Trump will host a victory celebration in his famous Trump Tower office complex after the polls close Tuesday night.

Despite polls showing the billionaire businessman ahead by as much as 30 points, the Trump campaign kept up a busy schedule with appearances late Monday in Western New York.

During an appearance on a CNN morning show, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani officially endorsed the Trump campaign but stressed he’s not joining Mr. Trump on the trail.

“I endorse Donald Trump but I’m not part of the campaign,” Mr. Giuliani said during an interview on the network’s morning program.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich are staying away from New York on Election Day.

Mr. Trump leads the GOP race with 744 delegates, ahead of Sen. Cruz with 545 and Gov. Kasich with 144. Securing the GOP nomination requires 1,237 delegates.

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