• Clinton, Sanders get tough as Democratic race narrows


    NEW YORK: Hillary Clinton and leftist challenger Bernie Sanders turned up the heat Thursday in the Democratic race for the White House, locking horns over trade and the “Panama Papers” scandal ahead of the New York primary. Clinton, the frontrunner and former secretary of state, holds a six-point lead over Sanders in the RealClearPolitics national poll average but has lost seven of the last eight nomination contests to the Vermont senator. The New York primary on April 19 has turned into a battleground, where Clinton needs a commanding win in her adopted home state, which elected her twice to the Senate in 2000 and 2004. Sanders, who was born and raised in Brooklyn, must build on his recent momentum by winning in New York and then in Pennsylvania on April 26 to keep alive his hopes of snatching the Democratic nomination from party favorite Clinton.


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