Residents cast ballots during the presidential primary vote at a polling location in New York on April 19, 2016.
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By Daniel White
April 20, 2016

Millennial New Yorkers feeling the Bern helped break turnout records in the state on Tuesday, according to exit polling, with more young voters there casting ballots than ever before.

In total, an estimated 408,000 18-29 year olds cast their ballots Tuesday in the New York presidential primary, making up a 14% share of total voters. This surpassed the 12% record set in 2000 and matched in 2008, according to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), who are tracking the millennial vote.

Young Democrats in New York turned out in even greater numbers than they did in the record setting 2008 nomination of Barack Obama—many of them to vote for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Of the 322,000 voters ages 18-29 who came out Tuesday to vote Democrat, 65% cast their ballot for Sanders, with 35% voting for Hillary Clinton. However, the former Secretary of State handily won the contest with support from a diverse coalition of voters.

While some 86,000 young Republicans voted in New York, the numbers did not break the previous record set in 2000, nor did the Edison Research exit poll used by CIRCLE contain a large enough sample to break out how young people divided their support in the Republican primary. Front-runner Donald Trump won the contest with some 60% of the vote.

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