John Kerry wins Democratic primary in New York; Edwards to drop out of race
On a night when John Kerry all but sealed up the Democratic presidential nomination, the Massachusetts senator scored a resounding victory in the New York primaries. By the time the polls closed in the Bronx, aides indicated that Kerry's main challenger, John Edwards, would drop out of the race.
Senator Kerry won nine of the ten Super Tuesday races, with Howard Dean winning his home state of Vermont. New York was one of the night's biggest prizes with 236 delegates. Exit polls showed that New York Democrats were looking for a candidate they thought could defeat President Bush. Surveys also indicated that voters are concerned about the economy, health care and the war in Iraq. With the majority of voting precincts reporting, Kerry garnered about 60 percent of the vote. John Edwards ran a distant second, earning 20 percent. Al Sharpton finished in the single digits with the vast majority of his support coming in New York City. In fact, Sharpton finished only a few thousand votes behind Edwards in the five boroughs.
Voter turnout was light in the Bronx and across New York State. Officials predicted that the final turnout statewide would be a bit higher than the 19.6 percent of registered Democrats who voted in 2000. Neither Kerry nor Edwards ran television ads in the New York City metropolitan area.