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Clinton’s New York win cements her march towards Democratic nomination

NEA’s Educators for Hillary continues playing defining role in Clinton’s nearly insurmountable lead

WASHINGTON - April 19, 2016 -

 Hillary Clinton added to her nearly insurmountable lead in pledged delegates after an emphatic win in the New York Democratic primary tonight, dealing a major setback to the Sanders campaign after it declared the primary a must-win. Clinton’s focus now shifts toward the next set of primaries in which she is expected to do extremely well. The National Education Association (NEA), which represents 3 million educators, is the largest union in the country to recommend Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary. In the state of New York, NYSUT is affiliated with the NEA and American Federation of Teachers. NEA’s member program, “Educators for Hillary,” is designed to organize, energize and mobilize NEA’s members who live in every congressional district of the country.

The following statement can be attributed to NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:

“Tonight’s emphatic victory for Hillary Clinton proves yet again that the American people are behind her in the march to the Democratic nomination. That’s because her message of breaking down barriers that keep Americans from reaching their full potential continues to resonate, particularly with educators who have committed their entire careers and lives to doing just that for their students. Hillary’s win sends a clear message to Americans that she is the best prepared candidate who can go toe-to-toe against the politics of fear, hate and division coming from the likes of Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

“NEA’s Educators for Hillary program continues to play a critical role in the grassroots effort that has pushed Hillary’s pledged delegate and popular vote leads to insurmountable levels in the Democratic presidential primary. In addition to phone-banking and organizing supporters on behalf of the Hillary for America campaign, NEA’s program has been busy with its targeted and strategic communications and field operations, which have included digital ads, and other traditional get-out-the-vote operations. Our members are excited about Hillary’s plans that will continue to grow the U.S. economy and raise incomes for all Americans. Educators are with her all the way.”

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