After Clinton's NY Win, Sanders Needs 'Minor Miracle'
NYC mayor troubled by voter 'purge'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2016 4:56 AM CDT
Bernie Sanders speaks during a rally at Penn State University Tuesday night.   (Sean Simmers/ via AP)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton has her eyes on the prize after a resounding victory in Tuesday's New York Democratic primary—but Bernie Sanders has made it clear that she will be sorely disappointed if she expects him to drop out anytime soon. He has also made it clear that he's not happy about reported voting irregularities in New York, including an apparent "purge" of voters in Brooklyn. A roundup of coverage:

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio has called for an investigation into the removal of 120,000 voters from the rolls in Brooklyn since November, including entire buildings of voters, NPR reports. The perception of irregularities "undermines the integrity of the entire electoral process and must be fixed," the Democrat says.

  • Sanders called the purging of the rolls in the area where he grew up "absurd" in a Tuesday night speech, and a campaign spokesman tells CNN that the state's handling of the primary—"from long lines and dramatic understaffing to longtime voters being forced to cast affidavit ballots and thousands of registered New Yorkers being dropped from the rolls"—was a "disgrace."
  • Clinton, who won by a larger than expected margin of around 14%, may now pivot toward the general election, Politico reports. "Today you proved again, there's no place like home," she told jubilant supporters in New York after the win was announced. "This one's personal," she added.
  • Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight crunches the numbers and finds that not only is Clinton on course to win the nomination, her delegate lead is now so large it would take a "minor miracle" for Sanders to win the nomination, which would require winning 59% of the remaining delegates. "Minor miracles do sometimes happen," he writes, but New York reaffirmed that Clinton "is almost certainly going to be the Democratic nominee for president."
  • For now, Sanders is focusing on the five states voting next Tuesday: Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island, most of which are seen as Clinton-friendly. Senior Sanders adviser Tad Devine tells the AP that after next week's contests, the campaign will "sit back and assess where we are."