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Clinton, Trump win big in Brooklyn, too

Democrats take 59th A.D. seat in Canarsie

April 20, 2016 By Paula Katinas Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Hillary Clinton beams at her victory party at the Sheraton Times Square Tuesday night. She also beat Bernie Sanders in his home borough. Eagle photo by Mary Frost
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A closer look at the results from Tuesday’s New York State Primary showed that Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump not only won decisive victories statewide, they also dominated in the borough of Brooklyn.

Clinton, the former secretary of state who represented New York in the U.S. Senate from 2000 to 2009, beat Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a Brooklyn native, by 20 percentage points, 60 percent to 40 percent in Brooklyn, according to NY1.

Clinton’s margin of victory in Brooklyn was larger than her margin statewide. She won 58 percent of the statewide Democratic vote to Sanders’ 42 percent.

The results in Brooklyn were widely viewed as a devastating defeat for Sanders, who was born and raised in the borough and is a graduate of James Madison High School in Midwood.

Clinton’s national campaign headquarters is located in Brooklyn Heights.

If Clinton goes on to win the Democratic Party’s nomination and then triumphs in the November general election, she will become the nation’s first female president; something that was not lost on the National Organization for Women (NOW).

NOW New York President Sonia Ossorio released a statement following Clinton’s big win April 19. “Tonight’s win puts us a heartbeat away from making history and shattering the nation’s highest glass ceiling. We are one step closer to electing a president who has put the issues critical to women and girls at the center of her campaign, from day one and without reservations,” she stated.

As was the case with Clinton, billionaire Trump found that Kings County treated him like royalty on primary night.

Trump won 62 percent of the GOP vote statewide, but won 64 percent of the vote in Brooklyn.

Trump’s two rivals, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich actually switched places. Statewide, Kasich came in a distant second to Trump, earning 25 percent of the vote. Cruz trailed far behind with just 14 percent. But in Brooklyn, it was Cruz who came in second place to Trump. Cruz had 20 percent of the GOP vote in Brooklyn to Kasich’s 16 percent.

Both Kasich and Cruz campaigned in Brooklyn. Kasich attracted an overflow crowd when he held a town hall at the Bay Ridge Manor catering hall on April 7. Cruz made two stops in Brighton Beach on that same day to court the Orthodox Jewish vote. Cruz, whose remark disparaging Trump’s “New York values” at a GOP debate raised the ire of many of the city’s residents, stopped by the Chabad Neshama Model Bakery and then headed over to the Jewish Center of Brighton Beach on Ocean Parkway. 

Tuesday also saw the election of a new state assemblymember.

Democrat Jamie Williams won the special election in the 59th Assembly District in Canarsie, beating Republican Jeffrey Ferretti in a landslide, 82 percent to 18 percent.

The seat was left vacant after Democrat Roxanne Persaud won election to the state senate in November of 2015.

Williams, a former aide to Persaud, will take office immediately.

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