New York voters may have picked the next president, and it's not who you think

NY Voters May Have Picked the Next President But It's Not Who You Think

NEW YORK (WPIX) — New York may have just played an integral role in electing the next president of the United States.

Depending on how certain factors play out, the victor that the Empire State may have gotten elected is probably not one of the people who first come to mind.

Two New Yorkers, of course, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and billionaire businessman Donald Trump, won decisively.

As a result both are talking about the general election in November, with good reason.

"At this point," said PIX11 News political analyst Morgan Pehme, "we're likely to see a Clinton-Trump general election."

However, Trump's landslide has an asterisk next to it, which had a remote chance of resulting in neither of the two front runners winning the White House.

Trump won every county in New York state handily, except the one where he lives, New York County, which is better known as Manhattan.

It went for Kasich by a three percent margin. That's obviously a small victory, but in Manhattan neighborhoods with the largest GOP voter turnout, like the Upper East Side, Kasich won by 20 to 40 percent.

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New York voters may have picked the next president, and it's not who you think
MILFORD, NH - SEPTEMBER 7: Republican presidential candidate John Kasich greets supporters at the Labor Day parade on September 7, 2015 in Milford, New Hampshire. Kasich, buoyed by what observers called a strong performance in the first GOP debate, has emerged as a first tier presidential candidate with voters in New Hampshire, the nation's first primary state. (Photo by Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)

Add to that a few more facts, and it's clear how Kasich could possibly become president in 2016:

The Upper East Side, where he did well, is one of the very top GOP donor zip codes; this is expected by some politics watchers to be a contested Republican convention in which Trump loses; most polls show Kasich beating Clinton in a general election.

However, there's more to the story. "It's highly improbable that John Kasich will emerge as the nominee from a contested convention" said Pehme. "However, if he were to, his record, particularly with women, would be brought up."

That record, Pehme said, is one with which most voters are unfamiliar. A Democratic candidate, he said, would eagerly to trot it out at every turn, and it contrasts sharply with that of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

"His fierce anti-abortion stances," said Pehme, "and some of the other things he has done to crack down on organizations like Planned Parenthood. He has a lot of stances that many New Yorkers would find unpalatable."

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MT. PLEASANT, SC - FEBRUARY 10: Republican presidential candidate John Kasich talks to an overflow crowd outside of Finn's Brick Oven Pizza February 10, 2016 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The South Carolina Republican primary will be held Saturday, February 20. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
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P 350430 022 2May99 Manchester, Nh John Kasich (R-Oh), At The First-In-The-Nation Primary Kick-Off Weekend. (Photo By Jonathan Elderfield/Getty Images)
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Former Ohio congressman John Kasich attends the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, Wednesday, September 3, 2008. (Photo by Harry E. Walker/MCT/MCT via Getty Images)
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John Kasich, governor of Ohio, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. The Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center will include a 100,000 square foot medical mart and an adjoining convention center with 230,000 square feet of exhibit hall space. The facility is expected to open in September 2013. Photographer: David Maxwell/Bloomberg via Getty Images
COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 30: Ohio Governor John Kasich works long hours with staff on his new budget proposal at his office, in the Ohio State House office, Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Newly elected republican Ohio Governor John Kasich is working toward to balancing an Ohio budget in deficit through a budget proposal with extensive budget cuts, spending reform, and changes in labor laws, including restrictions on collective bargaining. (Photo by Melina Mara/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
US Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (2nd L) waves alongside Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman (L) and Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) during a campaign stop at Tom's Ice Cream Bowl in Zanesville, Ohio, on August 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)
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COLUMBUS, OHIO - JULY 21: Ohio Governor John Kasich gives his speech announcing his 2016 Presidential candidacy at the Ohio Student Union, at The Ohio State University on July 21, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich became the 16th candidate to officially enter the race for the Republican presidential nomination. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Republican presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich waves to the crowd after speaking at a campaign gathering with supporters upon placing second place in the New Hampshire republican primary on February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. Kasich lost the Republican primary to Donald Trump, though he upset fellow Republican governors Chris Christie and former Governor Jeb Bush. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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