Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton rolled to easy wins in New York state’s presidential nominating contests on Tuesday, recapturing lost campaign momentum and taking big steps toward capturing their respective parties’ nominations.
Republican Trump’s huge victory in his home state pushed him closer to capturing the 1,237 delegates needed to win his party’s presidential nomination and avoiding a contested national convention in July.
Clinton’s dominating double-digit win in New York, which she once represented in the U.S. Senate, snapped a winning streak by Democratic rival Bernie Sanders and made it nearly impossible for Sanders to overtake her commanding lead in the delegates needed to win the nomination.
The Trump and Clinton victories in one of the biggest state nominating contests so far set up both front-runners for strong performances next Tuesday, when they are expected to do well in five other Northeastern state primaries.
Trump appeared poised to win most or all of New York’s 95 Republican delegates, easily beating U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Governor John Kasich, 63. Trump had 60% of the state-wide vote with more than three-fourths of the results counted.
The billionaire businessman could win all the delegates if his eventual vote total remains above 50% state-wide and he takes half the vote in each of New York’s congressional districts.
“We don’t have much of a race any more based on what I’m seeing on television,” Trump, 69, told cheering supporters at a victory party at his Trump Tower in Manhattan. “We are really, really rocking.” Read More