Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New York State of Mind Puts Fire Back into Trump and Clinton's Campaigns; COPYR RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New York State of Mind Puts Fire Back into Trump and Clinton's Campaigns; COPYR RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE

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Byline: Daniel Bates in New York

DONALD TRUMP and Hillary Clinton roared back to life in their bids for the White House with crucial victories on their home turf of New York.

In the Republican primary, a huge win for Mr Trump put the billionaire back on track with his closest rival Ted Cruz finishing in a disastrous third place.

Mrs Clinton said she was "on the home stretch and victory is in sight." The former New York senator, whose main home is upstate, smiled broadly during her victory speech and declared: "This one's personal." The loss is a bitter blow for Brooklyn-raised rival Bernie Sanders, who predicted an upset after rallies that attracted tens of thousands.

New York has been one of the most hotly contested battles of the primary season, during which the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are being chosen. Mr Trump, who grew up in Queens, Mrs Clinton and Mr Sanders all had a strong claim to the state and pushed their local connections.

The Empire State Building glowed red for the Republicans when Mr Trump's victory was announced and went blue when Mrs Clinton won. With 98 per cent of votes counted in the Democratic contest, she had 57.9 per cent against 42.1 for Mr Sanders.

She gave her victory speech in the Sheraton New York, where she celebrated 10 years ago after being elected senator. Her husband Bill joined her on stage as the crowd roared and Jay Z's Empire State Of Mind played over the speakers.

Mrs Clinton told them there was "no place like home", adding: "New Yorkers, you've always had my back. And I've always tried to have yours. Today, together, we did it again and I'm deeply deeply grateful."

In a swipe at Mr Sanders, the former secretary of state added: "Under the bright lights of NY we have seen it's not enough to diagnose problems, you have to explain how you would actually solve the problem". …

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