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Donald Trump Triumphs in Staten Island and Bay Ridge's District 11

By  Nigel Chiwaya and Nicholas Rizzi | April 19, 2016 6:59pm | Updated on April 19, 2016 10:40pm

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NEW YORK CITY — Campaigning is over, and now New Yorkers have made their choice.

With more than 99 percent of precincts reporting, Donald Trump romped on Staten Island and Bay Ridge, taking more than 80 percent of the Republican vote in District 11. Hillary Clinton edged Bernie Sanders 51 percent to 48 percent.

After weeks of debate, campaign rallies and speeches, voters in the 11th Congressional District — which covers all of Staten Island and parts of southwest Brooklyn — went to the polls Tuesday to pick their Republican and Democratic presidential nominees. 

James Thomson, 33, of Sunnyside, showed up at his polling station at I.S. 61 at 445 Castleton Ave., West Brighton to cast his vote for Trump.

He said Trump earned his support for his plain-spoken rhetoric.

“Trump was the only on I thought who wasn’t saying things to impress voters,” said Thomson, who said he heard all three of the GOP candidates in person. “The guy also has the best chance of breaking the gridlock.”

Ben Schwartzberg said he also voted for Trump today because he thinks he’ll run the country like a business and turn the country around.

Schwartzberg said that while he doesn’t agree with a lot of things Trump says, he think his business experience will help fix the country and get it out of debt.

“We need to change the tax laws, we can’t even compete with Canada anymore,” said Schwartzberg, 38, of West Brighton, who initially supported Ted Cruz until he made comments like his derision of “New York Values.”

“The only person I see that maybe has any reasonable experience running a business is Trump.”

Other Staten Island voters cast their vote for Hillary Clinton.

Manuela Barbedo, 88, said she voted for Clinton because, “I want to see a woman in the White House before I die.”

Thomas Carreras, 66, of West Brighton, agreed.

He said he was voting for Clinton because she would do the best for his community and has the best chance of beating Trump in a general election.

“She’s most likely to succeed on the voting,” he said. 

The district has five Democratic and three Republican delegates up for grabs.

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