Exit polls showed the Democratic race in New York to be much closer than expected

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a “Women for Hillary” campaign rally in the Manhattan borough of New York City
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Hillary Clinton, expected to win the New York presidential primary rather easily, looked to be facing a tougher-than-expected challenge from Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday.

CNN exit polls showed Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, with 52% of the vote, and her rival Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with 48% of the vote.

However, early returns showed Clinton with a fairly expansive lead. She was eventually projected the state’s winner.

Clinton and Sanders are both from New York, but Clinton, who served as a US senator for the state before becoming secretary of state, led Sanders by double digits in most polls.