Candidates Struggle To Keep Their Eyes On The Prize In New York

Kate Brown
The New York primaries are quickly becoming a defining one — there may be a few surprises in store for New York natives Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

It has all come down to this: the New York primary may just be the first time in modern history that the state has had two competitive primaries.

Sen. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump need to win their home states in order to avoid quite a bit of embarrassment, but with the way the polls have turned lately, that may not be a sure thing.

New York’s April 19 primary will be the biggest prize to date for Democrats with 291 delegates up for grabs.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has won seven of the last eight primaries, and with his upcoming rally in New York expected to be jam-packed with supporters, it seems that he just keeps building momentum as time goes on. That means that there is a chance that Clinton might not win this state, which could be why she has turned on Sanders, attacking his platform and his political stance more than ever before.

While corporate-owned media bashing Sanders is not exactly news, a recent article came out in The New York Daily News about a recent interview with the candidate that led to some coverage that his campaign probably wasn’t looking for. They argue that not only is he shaky on his plans for how to break up big banks and how to put an end to rampant corruption, he stated that he didn't believe the victims of Sandy Hook should be allowed to sue Remington, the manufacturer of the gun the killer used. 

Regardless, the interview doesn’t seem to sway many of his supporters, as many have rallied behind him saying that true revolutionaries do not have solid plans, but more broad hopes that get worked out in detail later if the time came.

Sanders did seem to nail one recent interview with Spike Lee, which is perfect timing for the upcoming primaries, considering it was called, “Two guys from Brooklyn” (Sanders is a Brooklyn native, although he has spent much of his political career in Vermont).

Check out that interview below:

While a win in New York wouldn’t put Sanders ahead of Clinton in the race, it would be a heavy symbolic loss if she wasn’t able to secure the state that she represents in the primaries.

Trump, on the other hand, seems to have the upper hand against Sen. Ted Cruz, likely thanks to his golden Trump Towers standing tall in Manhattan and his ideas on trade and the economy—things that resonate with workers who have seen jobs disappear from the Rust Belt.

In a twist of irony, Cruz really needs a solid win right about now, and with his condescending comments about Trump’s “New York values,” he’s not doing too hot in the polls.

These are two competitive primaries that will mean a lot no matter what happens at the polls. 

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