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NY Primary Voters Worried about Economy

NEW YORK— Primary voters, Democrats and Republicans alike, are concerned about the economy with many voicing uneasiness over the influence of Wall Street on politics, according to New York exit polls.

Large majorities of voters in either primary Tuesday said they are concerned about the direction of the national economy, and voters on both sides were most likely to choose it as the top issue facing the country, according to early exit poll results conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research.

About 6 in 10 Democrats regard Wall Street as detrimental to the U.S. economy, while 3 in 10 say the New York City financial sector helps. GOP voters were nearly even on the question.

As New York voters headed to the polls Tuesday, Democrats were more likely than Republicans to say they have been energized by the primary battles within their own parties.

Two-thirds of Democratic voters say the contest between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has been energizing for the party, while less than three in 10 consider it divisive, according to early results of exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research.

But Republican voters hold the opposite view: Nearly six in 10 say their party has been divided by the heated nomination contest between billionaire Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Only four in 10 GOP voters say it has been energizing, exit polls show.

Bernie Sanders’ campaign says it’s “deeply disturbed” by reports of long lines and voting issues in New York’s presidential primary.

Karthik Ganapathy says “what’s happening today is a disgrace” and there’s a need to make it easier for people to vote, “not inventing arbitrary obstacles.” He says Tuesday’s “shameful demonstration” shows the “urgent importance of fixing voting laws across the country.”

Polls show Sanders trailing Hillary Clinton entering Tuesday’s primary. Clinton holds a lead in pledged delegates and Sanders hopes a strong showing in New York will help him cut into the former secretary of state’s inside track for the Democratic nomination.

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced late Tuesday that his office will commission an audit of the city’s Board of Elections amid widespread reports of irregularities.

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