Hillary Clinton wins New York Democratic primary

Hillary Clinton
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

9:45 p.m. Just minutes after the New York primary was called, Clinton tweeted to thank her supporters:

9:40 p.m. CBS News projects that Hillary Clinton wins the New York primary.

9:25 p.m. While the Democratic primary is still too close to call, here are some findings from the CBS News exit poll:

Clinton ran more strongly among women than men. Overall, she was supported by 57 percent of women voters but only 45 percent of men. Among white voters, she received 50 percent of women’s votes and 39 percent of men’s.

Sanders received a majority of support from white voters (54 percent to 45 percent for Clinton). Still, as she has in other states, Clinton ran strongly among nonwhites: she took 63 percent of their vote. She beat Sanders 71 percent to 28 percent among African Americans and 59 percent to 41 percent among Hispanics.

Repeating a pattern from the entire primary season, Sanders ran very strongly among young people, getting 85 percent of the votes of those under 25 and 61 percent of the votes of those 25 to 29. Clinton ran well ahead among voters over 45 (61 percent to 38 percent for Sanders). Fifty-nine percent of Democratic primary voters were over age 45.

Sanders won by a large margin among Democratic primary voters who said that they consider themselves very liberal (64 to 36 percent), but Clinton ran ahead among voters who said they were somewhat liberal or moderate who, combined, made up 67 percent of primary voters.

After a primary in which gun control featured prominently, 56 percent of primary voters said that Clinton would do a better job handling gun policy; 39 percent said that Sanders would.

New York Democrats were split on whether foreign trade helps or hurts U.S. jobs. Sanders ran better among voter said that trade hurts U.S. jobs, but not by as large a margin as in some previous primaries (57 percent for Sanders to 42 percent for Clinton). Sixty-four percent of Democratic primary voters said that Wall Street does more to hurt the U.S. economy ,and Sanders got 59 percent of the votes of this group. Clinton’s 41 percent vote share among this group is a bit surprising, given the frequent emphasis Sanders has placed on this issue.

Only 9 percent of primary voters said they were scared about a Clinton presidency; 10 percent were scared about a Sanders presidency. Almost as many New York primary voters said they were excited about a Clinton presidency (21 percent) as a Sanders presidency (25 percent).

 

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