UPDATE: 12:45 p.m. IST — Republican Donald Trump and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton won Tuesday's New York primaries with 60.5 percent and 57.9 percent votes, respectively, the New York Times reported.
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Even as counting for the New York primaries is underway, Hillary Clinton has reportedly been projected as the winner in Tuesday's Democratic presidential primary in New York and real estate tycoon Donald Trump is seen leading the Republican race.
With 90 percent of the votes in at 11 p.m. ET, Clinton was leading with 57.3 percent votes, leaving behind her rival Bernie Sanders, the US senator from Vermont, with just 42.7 percent votes, CNN reported.
Of the 247 delegates up for grabs in New York, Clinton had 104 and Sanders 85, according to the Associated Press.
With 1,887 delegates in her favour as of Tuesday, Clinton is heading closer to winning the nomination for the United States general elections due in 2017 that requires a Democratic candidate to have at least 2,383 delegates. Sanders has a total of 1,174 delegates so far.
"We started this race not far from here on Roosevelt Island. And tonight, a little less than a year later, the race for the Democratic nomination is in the homestretch and victory is in sight," CNN quoted Clinton as saying.
Unperturbed by the apparent defeat, Sanders told AP, "We've got a shot to victory. We have come a very long way in the last 11 months, and we are going to fight this out until the end of the process."
As of 11 p.m. ET, 84 percent of the Republian votes had been counted and Trump had won 59.9 percent of the votes, while his contenders Ohio governor John Kasich and Texas Senator Ted Cruz were lagging with 25.2 and 14.9 percent votes, respectively. While Trump could clinch 84 of the 95 delegates in New York, Kasich managed to get three and Cruz was left disappointed with nothing.
A Republican candidate needs 1,237 delegates to run for the White House race. Trump is ahead of his two rivals in the race with 845 delegates, while Cruz and Kasich has 559 and 147, respectively.
"We don't have much of a race anymore based on what I'm seeing on television. We are really, really rocking," Reuters quoted Trump as saying.
"We're going to end at a very high level and get a lot more delegates than anybody projected even in their wildest imaginations," CNN quoted Trump as saying from the Trump Tower.