Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton take New York primary
By Clay Dubberly
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton won their respective primaries in New York Tuesday, April 19, in a clear show to their rivals that they’re serious about winning.
Trump, not surprisingly, took his home state in what seems to be his biggest victory yet.
Trump had 60.4 percent of the vote, which gave him 89 delegates. John Kasich had 25.1 percent of the vote with four delegates and Cruz had 14.5 percent of the votes with no delegates — a major setback for the Republican candidate.
“We’re really, really rockin’,” Trump said after he won his home state. “Senator Cruz is just about mathematically eliminated.”
Cruz’s failure in N.Y. does in fact leave him with no mathematical probability of securing the nomination before the convention in July. However, Trump could still end up short of the 1,237 delegates needed to secure victory before the gathering.
All in all, Cruz has 559 delegates, Trump has 844 and Kasich has 146.
Clinton currently has 1,885 of 2,383 to Sanders’ 1,190.
“We’re going to end at a very high level and get a lot more delegates than anybody projected, even in their wildest imagination,” Trump said at his victory speech.
Surprisingly Mr. Trump made no references to “Lyin’ Cruz,” instead referring to Ted Cruz as “Senator Cruz,” and didn’t call Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary,” instead choosing not to address her.
Both Trump and Ms. Clinton beamed throughout the delivery of their speeches. “There’s no place like home,” Clinton bragged about her campaign, which has won in every region of the country: “From the north to the south to the east to the west, but this one’s personal.”
She stopped short, however, of claiming a finalized or decisive victory, saying, “the race for the Democratic nomination is in the home stretch and victory is in sight.”
The possibility of a historic contested convention is hovering over the Republican race: 72 percent of voters said they thought the candidate who holds the most votes is the one most qualified to become their party’s nominee.
According to NBC news, only 25 percent said that in the general election the delegates should go with the “party standard-bearer.”
The upcoming primaries will be held in Delaware, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.
Feature photo: ABC News