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Kasich takes Manhattan

Donald Trump may have clobbered his rivals in the New York primary, but it was John Kasich who won the real estate mogul's own stomping grounds: Manhattan.

The Ohio governor defeated Trump in New York County, which is conterminous with Manhattan, 45.2 percent to 41.8 percent. Kasich also bested Trump in New York's 12th Congressional District, which includes part of Manhattan's East Side and a chunk of Brooklyn, by 700 votes.

Trump did manage to carry Trump Tower and the few blocks around it, however, according to neighborhood-level maps compiled by The New York Times.

Though he’ll have little else to show for his effort, Kasich’s Big Apple victory is the ultimate insult for the billionaire who boasted earlier in the evening that he takes pride in earning support from the people who know him best.

Kasich’s campaign argued Tuesday night that his performance in New York proves he’s the only contender capable of toppling Trump at a contested convention in July.

“Donald Trump’s only chance is on the first ballot,” his top strategist, John Weaver, said in a statement. “After that, a number of his delegates will move to us on the second ballot, and Gov. Kasich will ultimately prevail because he is the only candidate who can defeat Hillary Clinton.”