A Homecoming, and a Triumph, for Hillary Clinton in New York

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Hillary Clinton, with Bill Clinton, during a polling place in Chappaqua, N.Y., where they voted on Tuesday.

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She danced a merengue in Washington Heights. She slammed down a meant diversion of dominoes in East Harlem.

And in a East Village a day before a New York primary, Hillary Clinton pennyless her long-held order of not eating in front of a news media by digging into an ice cream mixture named a Victory.

Mrs. Clinton seemed, for a initial time in a hilly and indeterminate Democratic race, relaxed. “That’s what’s so good about being behind here now for this primary,” she pronounced during Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, where a owners had named a dessert in her honor. “I get to go to a lot of a places that we love. we get to accommodate new people and see people I’ve famous for a prolonged time.”

Mrs. Clinton has had thespian highs and abrasive lows in her domestic career and in this campaign. But given she initial ran for bureau 16 years ago, New York has always been a state that desired her back, and on Tuesday it delivered one of her biggest boosts nonetheless toward apropos a initial lady to constraint a Democratic Party’s assignment for president.

Her New York delight was an relate of her feat in 2008, when she degraded Barack Obama by 17 points on Super Tuesday. But this year a New York primary came after and, after a fibre of victories by Senator Bernie Sanders in smaller states, had distant some-more temperament on a instruction of a race. With two-thirds of a representatives now pledged, Mrs. Clinton leads Mr. Sanders by some-more than 200.

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On Monday, when asked either a poignant win in New York would meant that she had effectively sealed adult a nomination, Mrs. Clinton, over a burble tea in Flushing, Queens, pronounced cautiously, “You know, we never count any chickens before they hatch.”

But a few hours later, surrounded by an adoring downtown crowd, she was counting her chickens. “I’m anticipating to do unequivocally well,” Mrs. Clinton pronounced during an L.G.B.T. village core in Greenwich Village. “I’m anticipating to hang adult a Democratic nomination.”

The throng erupted in chants of “Hillary! Hillary!”

Realizing that she might have slipped and insincere a atmosphere of karma that has let Mr. Sanders play a partial of Goliath-slayer, Mrs. Clinton quieted a rough supporters. “But! But. But, I’m not holding anything for granted,” she added, before inventory a brood of stirring primaries she pronounced she would work tough to win.

But nothing of a remaining primary contests reason a psychological weight of New York, where in 1999 Mrs. Clinton initial dipped her toe into creation a transition from presidential associate to domestic force.

Overcoming a untimely contribution that she was innate in a Chicago suburb and spent many of her adult life in Little Rock and Washington, Mrs. Clinton dived into sell politics and “listening tours” with voters, operative to infer that she wasn’t a carpetbagger. The Clintons vacationed upstate in Skaneateles in 1999, and that tumble they bought a $1.7 million five-bedroom Dutch colonial in Chappaqua.

“She done New York her home and has been a genuine workhorse here,” pronounced Peter Romanoff, 49, an promotion executive in Briarcliff Manor who voted for Mrs. Clinton on Tuesday.

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Mrs. Clinton removing burble tea with Senator Chuck Schumer during Kung Fu Tea in Flushing, Queens, on Monday.

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In a dual weeks given her Apr 5 detriment in Wisconsin, Mrs. Clinton ran a classical street-level debate to win New York. As Mr. Sanders stranded mostly to a plan of holding vast rallies, sketch tens of thousands to Washington Square Park and Prospect Park, Mrs. Clinton echoed her initial Senate debate and kept many of her appearances targeted and intimate.

And for a claimant infrequently criticized as detached and wooden, Mrs. Clinton, in New York, seemed carefree, or as untroubled as a discreet presidential claimant can be.

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On Friday, as Mr. Sanders visited Vatican City, Mrs. Clinton got a debate of an unit in a Edward Corsi Houses, an affordable-housing formidable for comparison adults in East Harlem.

She wiggled her shoulders and threw adult her arms when she bested a contingent of group personification dominoes during a complex’s distraction center. “You play good! Oh my God,” one of a group exclaimed. “I’m holding dominoes to a White House!” a pretension Mrs. Clinton replied.

Mrs. Clinton has achieved generally strongly with African-American voters, a demographic that was mostly blank from a new contests that Mr. Sanders won though is a force in New York.

On a new Sunday, Mrs. Clinton spoke during 3 black churches in Brooklyn, commencement her remarks with a same refrain: “This is a day a Lord has made. Let us glory and be blissful in it.”

She squeezed in among Bangladeshi and Pakistani electorate during a Jackson Diner in Queens, met with Mexican carwash employees who had recently left on strike, and eyed a heaping cut of strawberry cheesecake during Junior’s in Downtown Brooklyn. “I schooled early on not to eat in front of all of you,” she told reporters. “I’m sitting here only pining. Pining for a bite!”

By Monday, Mrs. Clinton, intuiting that her lead in a polls had solidified, exuded a certainty to risk an unflattering food photo, and ate.

“I was going to take it to go, though it was like, in front of me and we had to start eating it,” she pronounced as she dug into a Victory sundae.

Aides contend that New York, and Mrs. Clinton’s record, attribute and palliate with electorate here, can offer as a plans for what they wish to uncover a rest of a nation in successive primaries and a ubiquitous election. The debate ran a dozen ads in New York, some-more than in any state given New Hampshire. Many of them distinguished a city’s farrago and took aim during a heading Republican candidate, Donald J. Trump, for his comments about immigrants, Muslims and women.

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There have been mishaps in Mrs. Clinton’s coming-home tour. It took 5 swipes of a MetroCard before she got by a turnstile to get a No. 4 sight in a Bronx, and she took partial in a racially kaleidoscopic skit with Mayor Bill de Blasio.

But after Mrs. Clinton voted on Tuesday during Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School in Chappaqua, where she initial saw her name on a list in 2000, a sparse sleet that had been descending only mins before had stopped. The clouds had parted.

“I adore New York,” Mrs. Clinton said, squinting in a splendid primary-day sun.

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