Bernie Sanders is pointing to his growing string of statewide wins, and Hillary Clinton highlighting her still-commanding lead in the delegate hunt, as the Democratic rivals jostle for momentum heading into New York’s big primary later this month.
The Republicans, too, are trying to scoop up delegates out West while bidding for some New York love.
We are going to state after state which I think have a more progressive outlookBERNIE SANDERS
With his win on Saturday in Wyoming, Sanders has now won seven of the last eight state contests. But his latest victory did nothing to help him in the chase for delegates. He and Clinton each got seven.
“Now that we are in the second half of this campaign, we are going to state after state which I think have a more progressive outlook,” Sanders said. “We are in this race to win.”
Clinton, looking right past the Wyoming results, told a crowd in Brooklyn that she needs a big win in New York on 19 April to help her quickly lock up the Democratic nomination. She added that the sooner the nomination fight ends, “the sooner we can go after the Republicans full time”.
Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, said she had “a nearly insurmountable lead in pledged delegates that will become harder and harder to overcome after each contest.”
On the Republican side, Texas Senator Ted Cruz completed his sweep of Colorado’s 34 delegates by locking up the remaining 13 at the party’s state convention in Colorado Springs. He had already collected 21 delegates and visited the state to try to pad his numbers there.
Donald Trump organised late in Colorado and left the state convention up to his organisers, and spent half an hour on Saturday touring the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in lower Manhattan.
He and Clinton found a rare point of agreement in poking back at Cruz for his earlier criticism of “New York values”.
Trump’s campaign said in a statement after his museum visit that the site was “symbolic of the strength of our country, and in particular New Yorkers, who have done such an incredible job rebuilding that devastated section of our city. This is what New York values are really all about.”
Clinton, for her part, told a Latino crowd in Brooklyn: “I actually think New York values are really good for America.”
Her agreement with Trump ended right there, as she launched into an argument for electing Democrats to protect the US economy.
“It’s a fact that our economy does better when we have a Democrat in the White House,” she said. Clinton has 1,287 delegates based on primaries and caucuses, compared with 1,037 for Sanders.