Bernie Sanders loses his birth borough of Brooklyn, cites 'purged' voter rolls

Bernie Sanders lost Brooklyn
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Sen. Bernie Sanders may have been born in Brooklyn, but his borough of birth voted for Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's Democratic primary. With 86 percent of the vote counted in Kings County, which is Brooklyn, Clinton leads Sanders 60 percent to 40 percent, a similar margin to Clinton's statewide lead. According to The New York Times' neighborhood-by-neighborhood voting map, Sanders appears to be doing best in southwestern Brooklyn, neighborhoods like Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge, and in the northern neighborhoods of Bushwick and Greenpoint. Nearby Williamsburg, is more Clinton territory than Sanders, according to incomplete results, and Sanders' old neighborhood, Flatbush, is divided.

Sanders, speaking in Pennsylvania before results were announced, pointed to the mess at the polls. "It is absurd that in Brooklyn, New York, where I was born actually, tens of thousands of people as I understand it have been purged from the voting rolls," Sanders said at a rally in State College. Earlier Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered an investigation into reports "that the voting lists in Brooklyn contain numerous errors, including the purging of entire buildings and blocks of voters from the voting lists," and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said he intends to find out why the Board of Elections "is so consistently disorganized, chaotic, and inefficient."

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Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.